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Airbnb and New York Attorney General Reach Agreement

@jasonclampet

May 21, 2014 11:37 am

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This is exactly the type of agreement Airbnb was looking for it will give them enough time to make necessary changes while also not leaving users feeling used.

— Jason Clampet

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Today the New York Attorney General and Airbnb announced a settlement that will allow the state access to host information while protecting the anonymity of users.

According to David Hantman, Airbnb’s Director of Global Public Policy, the agreement states:

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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