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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...