Airbnb told its hosts in China this week that it would start sharing user data with Chinese government agencies to comply with the country’s regulations, Reuters reports. China requires all hotels to report guest information to the police, and travelers staying in private homes are supposed to register that information within 24 hours of arriving in the country.
With its new policy, Airbnb will automatically send data, including passports and booking dates, to the Chinese government instead of relying on individual hosts to submit guest information, according to Bloomberg. The announcement came in an email to hosts this week.
Once again Airbnb does the wrong thing in providing information to governments that should be private information. No doubt they are doing this so that China doesn't ban Airbnb from the whole country, so they do it with financial incentives, but as I see it this is wrong to do anywhere. It violates user privacy expectations.