Airbnb said Wednesday it will comply with a subpoena from the New York attorney general's office to turn over user data. However, the start-up initially will not disclose individuals' names or addresses.
The peer-to-peer home rental service also agreed to clarify on its website that New York City laws usually prohibit rentals if the host is not present.
And the attorney general's office will still be able to request specific names of hosts if the anonymous list indicates individual instances of illegal rentals.
"We believe that this is a strong agreement that best protects our community's data and sets us on a positive path forward." Airbnb said in a statement.
"The Attorney General's Office will have one year to review the anonymized data and receive information from us about individual hosts who may be subject to further investigation," Airbnb said. "We believe the Attorney General's Office is focused on large corporate property managers and hosts who take apartments off the market and disrupt communities. We have already removed more than 2,000 listings in New York and believe that many of the hosts the Attorney General is concerned about are no longer a part of Airbnb."