Judge rules New York must reword its request for Airbnb user data

Airbnb just won a small victory in its fight against regulators in New York state. A judge has ruled that a subpoena by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was too broad, buying Airbnb some time while the state rewrites its request.

The first subpoena was very wide-ranging. For every host, the state wanted a full name, address, email address, any other contact information, Airbnb user name, address of rental, dates and duration of guest stays, rates charged, method of payment, total gross revenue per host, and all tax-related communications with Airbnb.

The judge concluded that the subpoena needed to be limited to the jurisdictions that have adopted New York’s Multiple Dwelling Law, which says some properties are residential and must be…

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