Business that web/data scrape

Jul 23, 2018 2 Comments

My employer apparently has decided to web scrape a site. While I am certainly not involved in this at all, I have done research on this subject & it sounds legally rather sketchy to me. Do I report this and to what organization?

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    • OP
      It's not my project and I'm not the employee doing the scraping.
      Jul 23, 2018
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    Xhsrvhyds

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    Web scraping is very common and not illegal. You can put terms of use on your site stating no spiders or automated software can use the site, but very little you can enforce on that.

    My previous company literally made millions scraping natural gas pipeline sites, public sites, and reselling that aggregated data.

    Where do you think zillow and real estate sites get their info? From companies thay scrape county assessor sites. They don't pay, they scrape for free
    Jul 23, 2018 0