from the chilling-effects dept
The NY AG's office claims that they're only going after a small number of "bad" AirBnB users, mainly "landlords doing long-term illegal rentals," but if that's the case, why does it need information on 15,000 users. If anything, that's going to create massive chilling effects. Services like AirBnB provide tremendous amount of value on both sides of the equation -- homeowners are able to make extra cash (sometimes significant amounts) while travelers are able to rent out nice places at lower rates than hotels. It's a good deal that's pretty efficient across the board. The NY AG's office claims that this leaves out neighbors who may be impacted, but it seems like there are much better ways to deal with neighbor problems than having to go trolling through all of AirBnB's records.