Airbnb Will Not Release User Info To AG
By: Christopher Cameron
September 6th, 2014
Following a lawsuit involving more than two dozen New York Airbnb hosts, Airbnb has decided not to disclose personal information about its users to the Attorney General’s office. As The Real Deal previously reported, a group of 25 anonymous hosts are fighting to keep their information private. Airbnb has now decided that it will step aside and let Schneiderman and the property owners battle it out, according to the New York Daily News. “This is a small victory for us,” said Adam Leitman Bailey, the attorney representing the owners, who are not identified in the lawsuit. “Now, we’re hoping that the Attorney General has more important things to do than go up against the middle class.” The fight between the three parties stems from a supposed agreement between Airbnb and the Attorney General to provide names, addresses and taxpayer identification numbers of owners that have leased their apartments to tourists for less than the legal minimum of 30 days.