Airbnb has recently released its first ever transparency report in response to 82 out of 188 requests for user data from governments all around the world in the first six months of this year. This new report is also part of its Community Compact, which promises to make the company more transparent to both the public and the governments.
The publication of the report also allows Airbnb to join Google and Facebook in releasing information about the government requests that they receive; in the second half of 2015, Google received 40,677 requests while Facebook got 19,235. Since these companies hold data that is valuable to law enforcement, it is unsurprising that the numbers are this high. However, since Airbnb contains less useful information than Google and Facebook, it did not receive nearly as many requests.
The report also states that Airbnb will inform users when their data has been requested “unless [it believes] that doing so would be futile, ineffective, or create a risk of harm.”
Most requests for Airbnb’s user data came from French, U.S., German, and British authorities.