Looks like in order to appear like “a good guy”, Airbnb has started a pilot program which is giving local authorities access to an awful lot of data.
Airbnb is unveiling a new pilot data portal that will give regulators and tourism officials in a select group of cities access to information about its rental listings in their communities. The City Portal will give authorities in Seattle and San Francisco access to a compliance tool that will show them the addresses of Airbnb listings in those cities, with the ability to ask Airbnb to block listings for reasons such as noise code violations, fire safety issues, or expired registrations.
A wider range of about 15 cities and tourism marketing organizations, including officials in Buffalo, Calgary, New Orleans, Palm Springs, and Sacramento, will get access through the portal to aggregate information about Airbnb use in their communities. That can include data such as statistics on where Airbnb guests are coming from and the demographics of hosts, but not currently the individual locations of rentals.
Personally, I’m not fussed. The Junta de Andalucia has all our info as it’s them who granted us our tourist licences.
It’s not clear exactly how much data is going to be shared, one article I read suggested that Seattle and San Francisco are not the only two with direct access to listing, and that the data available will include booking history. I closed that tab and can’t find it now