Hi, I have a couple of flats on airbnb in the Czech republic. Recently the foreign police met with me, and did a standard interrogation. They asked about my business, when I said I rented flats on the airbnb, they said i should have copies of every person that has stayed here’s passport. I contacted the data people in the Czech (an EU data protection organisation) and they responded to me saying…
“With regard to the processing of Airbnb guest ́s personal data, this processing is based on the legal ground pursuant to point © of Article 6 (1) of GDPR [Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council]. It means that processing (you do not need the guest ́s consent) is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject. This obligation is laying down by special Czech national legal Act No. 326/1999 Coll., concerning the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic (viz Articles 99 to 102). This Act you can find on the web site: www.zakonyprolidi.cz”
Co-incidently I had a data legal expert stay with me at my airbnb, just on the weekend. She said, that under the GDPR laws in Europe its not possible for me to take a copy of a passport, the details yes, yet a copy no. However this is in conflict with the national legislation.
It seems that these are the rules that they have in Germany for Airbnb, yet they have not passed yet to the Czech law. Anyone going through the same troubles?
I’d really rather not be taking copies of peoples documents. Seems intrusive, if copies be needed, airbnb better be on that job. I provide the room/space and clean it. They sell the service and collect the money from the client.
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