Airbnb seeks to block N.Y. AG subpoena of user data

Oct. 10, 2013 at 2:06 AM

NEW YORK, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Popular online short-term lodging website Airbnb said Wednesday it filed a motion to block the New York state attorney general's subpoena of user data.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed three years of data on 15,000 Airbnb "hosts" who provide lodging to travelers in the New York area in an investigation into whether the San Francisco-based company is violating a 2010 law governing the operation of illegal hotels, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Airbnb Public Policy Director David Hantman said in a blog post the subpoena is unreasonably broad and the company is "committed to fighting it with everything we've got."

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