Recently, travel housing renting platform Airbnb sued the city of New York, stating the city showed "an extraordinary act of government overreach," with a law forcing platforms like Airbnb to disclose data about hosts.
It was a dramatic escalation in the battle between the $30 billion company and authorities in America’s most populous city, amid a global backlash against “sharing economy” startups disrupting traditional industries.
The rental site filed the lawsuit in a federal court in Manhattan, asking for the law to be scrapped and branding it a product of a “multimillion-dollar campaign funded by the city’s powerful hotel lobby.”
The law, which comes into effect on February 2, 2019, requires home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb to disclose information about hosts and imposes hefty fines for non-compliance.
The 29-page suit called the ordinance “illegal” and argues that it “breaches critical privacy protections” for both home-sharing platforms and New Yorkers.
“No probable cause, notice, or legal review is contemplated in connection with the bulk collection of this data, and no real restrictions are placed on its use or dissemination,” the suit argued.
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