New York (The Verge) — Airbnb’s Chinese data policies reportedly cost it an executive theverge.com/2020/11/20/215….
Airbnb’s chief trust officer Sean Joyce may have resigned in 2018 over the company’s data-sharing policy in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report details the company’s sharing of data with the Chinese government. Folding to China’s data demands has enabled persecution in the past.
For years, Airbnb has disclosed that it shares information such as phone numbers and email addresses with the Chinese government when a user books a rental in China. That happens whether the user is a Chinese citizen or a foreign visitor — a policy that’s required from all hospitality businesses operating in the country. Joyce, who Airbnb hired in May 2019 to protect the platform’s users, was concerned with Airbnb’s willingness to share data. Joyce also objected to the scope of the data shared, such as messages sent between guests and hosts, The Wall Street Journal reports. He feared it could allow the Chinese government to track foreign visitors and its own citizens. — Ian Carlos Campbell/@verge