Airbnb says New York City subpoena would set ‘scary precedent’


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  • Tuesday, 31 Jul 2018

(FILES) This file photo taken on March 2, 2017 shows the logo of online lodging service Airbnb displayed on a computer screen in Paris. Airbnb raised more than a billion dollars in a fresh funding round that valued the home-sharing startup at $31 billion, a source close to the company told AFP on March 9, 2017. Airbnb added $448 million to the $555 million in funding it took in last year, according to a filing Thursday with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. / AFP PHOTO / Lionel BONAVENTURE

Airbnb Inc asked a Manhattan judge to deny New York City’s request for information about listings for seven midtown buildings, saying it sets a “scary precedent” that would allow the city to seek data about thousands of people who share the address of someone posting on the site. 

The city sued Airbnb this month, seeking to force it to comply with a subpoena for details about buildings on 47th Street. The petition came days after the City Council voted to require the San Francisco-based company to supply information about its hosts so officials can target those who post illegal listings. 

The company said in a court filing July 29 that the request paves the way for the city to issue “sprawling subpoenas” for multiple buildings or large residential buildings having the same address as the Airbnb renter. 

It also called the city’s request a “a transparent ruse to allow it to file suit against Airbnb as soon as possible to garner press attention”. — Bloomberg

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