A Very Personal Question of the Day

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One of our commenters sent in a QOTD for us:

I have a Question of the Day for you: I signed up for Airbnb a few years ago (but never ended up booking anything) and when I first signed up, I didn’t need to provide anything more than the standard profile info—mobile number, payment method, etc.

Well, I logged in again recently to plan for an upcoming trip throughout Europe and with their new verification process I’m now asked to upload a scan of my passport and a link to my Facebook or other social media. Seems like a big risk, not to mention a lot of security and privacy to give up, to save a bit of money on accommodation.

Do other Billfolders think it’s worth saving money if the exchange is having all your personal information out there if and—considering how often it happens to companies from Uber to Ashley Madison—when Airbnb gets hacked?

So, the question of the day: is saving money now worth the knowledge that your personal information may end up in a hacker’s database in the future?

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