Airbnb exec resigned over concerns about sharing data with China

Sean Joyce, who is a former FBI deputy director, abruptly resigned from his executive position at Airbnb a year ago after just six months on the job

Sean Joyce, who is a former FBI deputy director, abruptly resigned from his executive position at Airbnb a year ago after just six months on the job

Airbnb's former chief trust officer reportedly resigned last year over concerns about how much user data the company was sharing with China.

Sean Joyce, who is a former FBI deputy director, abruptly resigned from his executive position at Airbnb a year ago after just six months on the job. 

Sources told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that Joyce resigned because he became concerned over what he believed was a willingness from Airbnb to consider providing more user data after China requested it. 

China approached the travel company last summer asking for more 'real-time data' on its millions of users. 

Joyce, whose role at Airbnb involved protecting user safety, voiced his concerns at a meeting involving CEO Brian Chesky and co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk. 

He told them that the data sharing could enable surveillance from the Chinese government, people familiar with the meeting said. 

'We're not here to promote American values,' Blecharczyk is said to have told Joyce, according to the sources.  

Joyce resigned just weeks after the meeting, the sources said.  

Sources told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that Joyce resigned because he became concerned over what he believed was a willingness from Airbnb to consider providing more user data after China requested it

Sources told the Wall Street Journal on Friday that Joyce resigned because he became concerned over what he believed was a willingness from Airbnb to consider providing more user data after China requested it

The sources also say Joyce was worried Airbnb wasn't being transparent enough with its users on just how much data it was sharing with China, including phone numbers, emails and message between hosts and guests. 

Airbnb has been telling users since at least 2016 that it shares data with China. The company also discussed it at length in its IPO registration filing this week. 

The meeting is said to have occurred at a time when Airbnb was worried about losing business in China.  

Joyce wouldn't comment further to the Wall Street Journal other than to say he had a 'difference in values' with the company.   

An Airbnb spokesperson said the company clearly displays it data policies to guests and hosts, and that those same policies that were in place prior to Joyce joining the company remain

read more from dailymail.....

PREV Trump's Fed pick Waller to get confirmation vote Thursday
NEXT Richmond Tigers AFL star Marlion Pickett opens up in book Belief on troubled ...