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Citing Privacy Concerns, Airbnb Slams Bill On Short-Term Rentals

June 7, 2015

By Melanie Mason : latimes – excerpt

Popular home-sharing website Airbnb is stepping up its opposition to the first statewide measure aiming to regulate short-term rentals, arguing the proposal would harm consumer privacy…

Airbnb has faced scores of regulatory fights on the local level, including in Los Angeles, but the skirmish over a bill by Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) marks the first major test for the rapidly-growing company in the state Capitol…

McGuire, in a statement, said his critics’ claims are “hog wash and disingenuous.”

The bill, SB 593, “does not require anyone to divulge the names or any other information about consumers who rent lodging through vacation rental businesses,” he said.

“Nowhere does the bill require any host to provide any information about renters to any government agency. What it does do is make big corporations follow local laws.”

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