Last week, the popular Airbnb platform reported a number of breaches of privacy in its application, which they raised to risk users' personal information. This highly sensitive information included addresses and codes for their properties.
The incident has a global impact and has raised a major concern for her safety.
Ο Ray Walsh of ProPrivacy, an online privacy expert, says the breach puts hosts and consumers at tremendous risk.
"It is becoming clear that the leak will cause great inconvenience to Airbnb hosts, who will have to update their home codes to secure them and ensure they are not at risk of burglary," he said.
"It's vital for Airbnb to fix it vulnerability causing the problem immediately. Early reports indicate that Airbnb is telling hosts to clear their cookies to resolve the issue. "This is not the right answer, because consumers should not be held responsible for correcting Airbnb's mistake."
Walsh says some of the hosts reported that they had access to different inboxes each time they connected to platform, which means that Airbnb customer support tips are exacerbating the issue.
"Now it will be necessary to launch a full investigation into the leak to find out how and why it happened and to find out what Airbnb should be held responsible for causing such a dangerous data leak."
He warns that this could lead to huge fines within him GDPR in Europe, as well as by the US Federal Trade Commission. "It is worth noting that the GDPR only sets a maximum fine of € 20 million, or 4% of annual global turnover - whichever is greater - for breaches, which means that this could prove to be very costly for Airbnb."