It has come to light that a former deputy director with the FBI who joined Airbnb as the chief trust officer in May 2019, left after just six months in post, after taking issue with the company’s guest data sharing practices in China.

In the summer of 2019, he raised concerns over the company sharing data such as email addresses, phone numbers and host/guest messages with the Chinese government. He was also concerned by Airbnb’s willingness to consider sharing even more information in the future, and while his concerns were taken seriously, he resigned after reportedly being told that the platform was not operating in China “to promote American values.”

Listings in China grew from several thousand in 2014 to over 372,000 now, according to AirDNA data.