Airbnb Sending Anonymized User Data to New York’s Top Lawyer


TIME

Airbnb, a service that effectively lets people turn their homes into private hotels, has agreed to share anonymous user data about all of its New York hosts with New York’s Attorney General.

The agreement comes after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s second subpoena against the startup. The information being shared won’t include names, addresses or other personal data. The Attorney General’s Office will review the anonymous data for one year, and may request further information on individual hosts.

Does this mean the government will come knocking if you host through Airbnb on occasion? Probably not, at least according to Airbnb’s blog post.

“We believe the Attorney General’s Office is focused on large corporate property managers and hosts who take apartments off the market and disrupt communities,” Airbnb wrote. “We have already removed more than 2,000 listings in New York and believe that many of the hosts the Attorney…

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