Travel Tech Applauds NYC Short-term Rental Injunction Ruling
Arlington, VA – The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech), the trade association for the online travel industry, including short-term rental innovators Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, released the following statement after a federal district court moved to block the New York City law that would have subjected thousands of New Yorkers to illegal search and seizures under new short-term rental regulations.
"Today’s ruling by Judge Engelmayer is a reprieve from an unnecessary assault on the private information of New York City residents. With data privacy discussions a constant in the news, it is encouraging to see the court recognize the danger in the city’s law and act to protect its residents from government intrusion.
“Compelling platforms to provide user data to governments without cause is tantamount to a general warrant, which the court clearly recognized. We applaud Judge Engelmayer’s ruling, which calls the demand for user data unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Cities and states presently considering similar regulations targeting user data will note that short-term rental platforms, and all Travel Tech members, will continue to work to protect the privacy of users and fight to uphold the protections afforded them by the Constitution and federal law.
“Short-term rentals in New York City have wide reaching benefits. Travelers have more options, homeowners are able to earn extra income and the city and communities in which the short-term rentals are being offered benefit from the tremendous economic impact that travelers bring. Today’s decision allows for those benefits to continue on in the city and all New Yorkers to reap the reward of the sharing economy."
This statement can be attributed to Steve Shur, Travel Tech’s President.
The Travel Technology Association (Travel Tech) is the voice of the travel technology industry, advocating for public policy that promotes transparency and competition in the marketplace to encourage innovation and preserve consumer choice. We represent the leading innovators in travel technology, including global distribution systems, online travel agencies and metasearch companies, and short-term rental platforms.