Post by High Priestess on Dec 11, 2017 15:25:35 GMT
It turns out to help Berlin hosts that Airbnb's European headquarters is in Ireland. This means the German government has no jurisdiction over Airbnb, to be in a position to demand that Airbnb provide them with personal details of hosts, in order for them to do enforcement.
Which is as it should be. Governments should never be able to simply ask for and be handed private information about business clients from any business.
I’m curyhow this will go in Paris. France tried another approach, insisting that listings are showing a registration number. There will be a fine on not showing the number, but it’s not defined and proclaimed yet. Still Paris attacks airbnb in court for a thousend listings. They may get a court order not to publish those listings. What they do then is the question. Reassuring to know, that they don’t hand over the data. Although Paris sues owners with 50 000 € per apartment and their property managers for the same amount for complicity. They might just extend the complicity idea to airbnb. But I guess, airbnb might not want to have the notion tested in court, that they are just a platform. It’s political poker.