Best Practices to Combat Surge of Unwanted Data Scraping

Nine of ten companies have suffered unwanted scraping of user data, according to a new survey. In January, Meta filed its latest lawsuit against a for-hire scraper and participated on a recent panel discussion sponsored by a nascent business coalition dedicated to fighting the practice. This article discusses the survey’s findings about companies’ anti-scraping practices, as well as the insights of panelists from Meta, Etsy, Jumio and Venable on the ambiguous regulations on scraping, how scraping can fall through the compliance cracks and key steps that companies can take to develop an anti-scraping operation. See The Potential Legal Implications of Web Scraping for Market Research” (Jan. 27, 2021).

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