The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
See attached. Per requirement I am requesting confidential treatment as described below. The comment must be accompanied by an explicit request for confidential treatment, including the factual and legal basis for the request, and must identify the specific portions of the comment to be withheld from the public record. The request will be granted or denied by the Commission's General Counsel, consistent with applicable law and the public interest. See FTC Rule 4.9(c), 16 CFR 4.9(c). The Federal Trade Commission ("Commission" or "FTC") will hold a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms--often called the "sharing" economy--and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop will examine competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in the sharing economy to promote more informed analysis of its competitive dynamics as well as benefits and risks to consumers. The workshop will consider if, and the extent to which, existing regulatory frameworks can be responsive to new sharing economy business models while maintaining appropriate consumer protections. It also will examine how various regulatory choices may affect competition and consumers. I am very concerned that there are unique and innovative services that will now be demonized and regulated such they can no longer occur...like San Antonio did for Uber in San Antonio. Airbnb provides for safe options, extensive information and supports to guest & hosts with the setting of guest being in a hosts property. It is sad when the primary purpose of govt seems to be to look for additional ways to regulate a circumstance which has adequate protections, which would in essence preclude the ability of such innovations to exist.