Skift Take

Airbnb has argued that this law violates its hosts' privacy, and yet, it has agreements in cities that include San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago whereby the company supplies host information directly to local governments. So when is this data sharing considered a violation of privacy?

A federal judge blocked a New York City law aimed at cracking down on home-sharing companies. [The opinion and order is embedded below.]

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer on Thursday granted a request by Airbnb Inc. and HomeAway Inc. to issue a temporary injunction against the city ordinance, which was set to take effect Feb. 2.

Under the law, Airbnb and similar sites must turn over to the city the names and addresses of renters and say whether rentals are for a whole apartment or just a room — disclosures that would help the city enforce a law that makes it illegal for most landlords to rent an apartment for fewer than 30 days.

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Photo credit: Airbnb and HomeAway won a temporary injunction against a new law in New York City that would require both homesharing companies to share their hosts' information with the city. Ron Antonelli / Bloomberg