Mar 29, 2018

Airbnb to give Chinese authorities guest information

"The information we collect is similar to information hotels in China have collected for decades," an Airbnb spokesperson told the BBC. "[It is] one step we are taking as we explore ways to help our hosts and guests follow the appropriate rules and regulations [in China]. Unlike most countries, before customers can confirm an Airbnb China accommodation booking, they have to provide their passport information. Airbnb said its local entity in China already stored this information and would share it with authorities on request. "If you reside outside China and have existing listings in China, your information related to such listings will only be transferred to, stored, used or processed by Airbnb China upon your acceptance of our revised terms of service." In an effort to attract more users in China, in March last year, Airbnb unveiled its new Chinese name - Aibiying - meaning welcome each other with love - which is easier to pronounce for Mandarin speakers.

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