New York City’s Demand to Access Airbnb Guest Data Blocked by Court

In the latest chapter of the continual onslaught of legal challenges by the hotel industry and cities against Airbnb, a N.Y. court has ruled that Airbnb does not have to turn over extensive guest data to New York City authorities.

It would require Airbnb and providers of similar services to turn over information about its users, including names, addresses and details of how they used the service, each month.

Engelmayer said in Thursday’s ruling that the companies were likely to prevail in their argument. He said the scope of the information required by the law was “breathtaking,” encompassing “virtually all monthly information the service receives from each user.”

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