Airbnb Hands Over Data About 124 Hosts To The NY Attorney General

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In the latest exchange between Airbnb and the NY Attorney General’s office, the peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace has agreed to hand over “unredacted, personal information” on 124 of its past and present hosts. The news follows a long-running back-and-forth between Airbnb and the Attorney General, which has been seeking to crack down on illegal hotel operations in the state.

In a post on the blog post, Airbnb public policy chief David Hantman said the vast majority of those hosts were no longer on the site. Earlier in the year, the company purged approximately 2,000 listings ahead of a court date it had with the Attorney General.

Airbnb’s fight with the AG’s office began last fall, when it issued a subpoena requesting thousands of host records. The company argued that request was “overly broad” and actually won a legal decision against the Attorney General. However, his office issued another subpoena before Airbnb agreed to settle and hand over anonymized data. Now Airbnb is taking that agreement a step further, as the AG’s office ferrets out hosts with multiple listings on the site.