Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Laurens Ivens announced eight European cities are writing to the European Commission to demand new rules for holiday-rental platforms, including requirements that will mandate data-sharing with municipal governments, DutchNews.nl reports. Ivens said, "Platforms can now avoid sharing data with us, and we find that crazy." He added, ‘The data includes who the landlords are and who the renters are: I find this very relevant, but the moment I ask platforms for this, they refuse on the basis that it is protected by European e-commerce rules.” In a statement to DutchNews.nl, Airbnb said, "Airbnb already limits the number of nights hosts can share their homes in Amsterdam and shares data on the positive impacts of home sharing. The best way to be good partners to cities is for other companies to step-up and follow our lead.”
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