New York's Attorney General Shouldn't Be Able To Go On A Fishing Expedition Through AirBnB Hosts
from the that's-not-how-the-law-works dept
The EFF and CDT have now filed an excellent brief arguing that Schneiderman has no right to this vast treasure trove of information.
"Indiscriminate subpoenas that seek the identity and other personal information of thousands of Internet users without specific justification are improper and should be quashed," EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman said. "It is not enough for the state to speculate that some Airbnb users might have broken some law at some unknown point. An online service's users deserve to be protected from fishing expeditions like this one."In the brief, the groups argue that this is a threat to plenty of people's privacy.
While Airbnb has opposed the subpoena, innocent third parties should not have to rely on a company to protect their private interests.... The Attorney General has not curtailed its request to what it is legitimately entitled to receive, and this type of unfettered dragnet collection of user records should be denied.Hopefully, the court will quash this overbroad subpoena, and NY will make it clear that merely renting out your place doesn't subject you to random fishing expeditions for information from the state's attorney general.