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News Story
10/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The hotel industry is celebrating a big win after the recent introduction of the Stop Online Booking Scams Act of 2016 in the Senate. “It’s a good bill,” says Rosanna Maietta, a spokeswoman for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), which has been pushing for the legislation. She’s right. It’s a good...
News Story
6/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
As the sharing economy continues to grow, bureaucrats across the country are making sure they don’t miss out on the chance to get in the way of innovation. San Francisco passed tough regulations on home-sharing last week, but another California city is jumping on the anti-Airbnb bandwagon. This week, the Los Angeles City Planning Commission...
News Release
6/15/2016
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed Los Angeles City ordinance that would require home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city on a monthly basis, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant”...
News Story
6/15/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
A proposed home-sharing ordinance in Los Angeles would violate the privacy of individuals who use platforms such as Airbnb and put the burden of enforcement on residents, according to the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog. “This is an unwarranted intrusion into users’ privacy and inappropriately requires the home sharing platform...
News Release
12/1/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Airbnb’s release of anonymized data about people who use its site to rent their property “will give New York City the necessary information to craft needed regulations and to enforce them” while still protecting privacy, Consumer Watchdog said today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group stated...
Blog Post
10/7/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
A number of San Franciscans have inquired about Consumer Watchdog’s position on Proposition F, which San Francisco voters will consider at the polls this November.  We oppose the measure because it raises serious privacy concerns. While on its surface the proposition seeks to regulate short-term rentals, it also includes a dangerous...
News Release
6/22/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A U.S. Supreme Court decision today striking down a Los Angeles Ordinance allowing police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any time as unconstitutional supports Consumer Watchdog's position that a warrant must be required before data from home sharing networks like Airbnb is turned over to authorities...
News Story
6/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO — A privacy advocacy group says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday in California v. Patel could make cities' efforts to collect information about short-term housing renters illegal. In Patel, the high court struck down a Los Angeles law that allowed police to view hotel guest registries without a warrant. John Simpson...
News Story
6/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Before yesterday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Airbnb put on a show for cameramen from local network affiliates and a small group of sticker people and print press outside City Hall. I did not receive the press materials these others did, though the Airbnb press office is well-aware I’m covering the story. As usual, I blame some...
News Release
6/9/2015
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today said it opposes a proposed San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ ordinance that requires home sharing platforms like Airbnb to turn over massive amounts of personal information to the city, because it would violate consumers’ privacy and is little more than a “blank search warrant...