In my belief, Airbnb’s policy relating to criminal record checks (in the US) is discriminatory. They bang on about “Since 2016, we’ve removed 1.3M people from Airbnb for declining to treat others without judgement or bias”, but as a company they themselves are discriminating against someone who committed an offence god knows how many years ago.
You could argue that someone who commits an offence, against person or property, isn’t the type of guest you want, but they also trawl “Moving Violation Reports (MVRs) and Driving Records”,which means someone may be excluded for simply being a shite driver. Their own definitions relating to crimes that warrant exclusion are loose to say the least.
Being totally honest, I hadn’t given it much thought before as information about someone’s Police record is heavily protected in both the UK and Europe. I believe Australia is the same.
Taking aside the Police themselves and government agencies, to access this data (as a third party) there are various criteria that must be met before applying, and being a member of an online accommodation channel wouldn’t even come close.
The effectiveness of the Airbnb background checks is, I suspect, minimal. Even they admit it isn’t done on everyone and:
Although background checks may help us identify past criminal conduct where records are available, they have several limitations, and do not guarantee that all past criminal conduct has been identified or that a person won’t break the law in the future.
And, the most telling, the bold is mine:
We only run these checks on U.S.-based guests and hosts when we have at least the user’s first and last name plus date of birth. We do not have these identifiers for all hosts and guests and therefore cannot guarantee that we have conducted a check on every host or guest. In addition, we are not conducting these checks on additional guests staying with the guest who books an accommodation.
Why am I not surprised.
It could be argued, that denying someone access to a product, because they have a criminal record, is in itself illegal, but only in the UK or Europe.
Bloody hell, that ended up a bit of a rant, when I only meant to agree with what @Ritz3 said!