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Airbnb offers up customer data to the government

Airbnb offers up customer data to the government

Airbnb, the popular site that lets people rent out their homes or apartments to travelers, has been at odds with the government for a while now.

The argument is about whether or not its rental practices violate New York housing laws.  The current law states that local residents can't rent out their property for fewer than 30 days when they aren't living there.

However, Airbnb "argued that the law is meant to crack down on landlords who buy residential buildings and run them as hotels, not on individual tenants."

In order to determine if Airbnb is in violation or not, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requested customer data from Airbnb. But, it looks like the two might have found a compromise.

Here's the official statement from Airbnb:

Airbnb will provide the Attorney General with anonymized data about our hosts in New York. This data will not include names, addresses or other personally-identifiable information.

The Attorney General’s Office will have one year to review the anonymized data and receive information from us about individual hosts who may be subject to further investigation. 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. We have already removed more than 2,000 listings in New York and believe that many of the hosts the Attorney General is concerned about are no longer a part of Airbnb.

We will provide even more information to hosts about the laws in New York. Hosts will see additional information before they list their space and we’ll email every host in New York with information about the law.

 

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Source: CNN Money
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