What can Web Scraping Do?
The concerns of Web Scraping
Since web scraping is still a relatively new computer-related concept, in most countries the line between legitimate and evil use of this technique is still hard to define. Because of that, there have been a lot of lawsuits to battle its legality in recent years. Even till now, the line is still obscure.
Although the law is not clear, there are still some regulations applied to unauthorized web scraping in some countries.
In the US, there are major types of legal claims that the website owners can use to avoid undesired web scraping. For example, "Trespass to Chattel" protects against the authorized use of the property without getting permission from the owner. Here are other two regulations on web scraping:
The legality of web scraping varies across countries. In most countries, the law enforcement specifically for web scraping is not clearly defined yet. In my opinion, web scraping is definitely not a crime as long as you are on the right track.