Airbnb to Give Anonymous User Data to New York State

Airbnb Home renting company Airbnb announced Wednesday that under pressure from the New York attorney general's office, it will hand over the anonymized personal data of its New York hosts to the state. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed three years' worth of data in 2013 in an effort to suss out whether Airbnb users are running "illegal hotels" and to determine if Airbnb's business model and platform comply with the law. Schneiderman stated his suspicions in April that Airbnb hosts in New York operate residences or parts of their homes like hotels—but without the fire, safety, and tax regulations normally applied to hotels. Airbnb hosts could also be in violation of a 2010 law that prohibits New Yorkers from renting entire apartments for less than 29 consecutive days.

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