Liz Gannes

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Airbnb Fights New York Subpoena of User Data

Airbnb just got itself and one of its hosts out of a legal jam in New York City, but late on Friday the company was subpoenaed by the New York Attorney General in an effort to obtain user data that might indicate illegal rental activity. “[T]his demand is unreasonably broad and we will fight it with everything we’ve got,” the company said. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky had tried to fend off regulators in advance with a blog post last week, but he did not make any major concessions. The company said it has 15,000 hosts in the city, and 225,000 members.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik