On September 9th, 2019 the UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS 1 (District 9, California) has affirmed the former district court’s determination that a certain [data] analytic company is lawful to scrape [perform automated gathering] LinkedIn’s public profiles info. Now the historical event has happened in which a court is protecting a data extractor’s right for mass gathering openly presented business directory information. more…
General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR: enforcement date – 25 May 2018. The GDPR covers the matter of online user data privacy rules for electronic communication and data protection. The regulation includes modern communication messengers and services, eg. Skype, Viber, Gmail, etc., that have not been previously mentioned in the former EU e-communication directives. more…
Recently I received a question on insurance leads:
Is this a legal method of acquiring insurance leads [from the web]? Are there any agent testimonials on the efficiency of this type of service?
Legality issue in web scraping
- Public info (prices, inventory info, public offers), i.e. everything that is not protected by copyright and available for scraping.
So far I have no insurance agent testimonies on the efficiency of any insurance lead scrape service. The web sites I searched [on the insurance leads] have given me the impression that the customer info they gather is highly secured (not viewable). I doubt that any sites are going to expose insurance leads. In most of them the leads are available by paid subscription plans.
If there are any such websites like insurance leads directories (public insurance quotes), we might develop a scraper that consistently grabs fresh or new info for further analysis. It does save the agent’s time for re-searching, re-visiting and so on. One scraper might work with multiple directory pages for scrape.
You might find it interesting to read about web page change tracking if you only need to see updates (no data storing applied).
Have you encountered the issue of your site being scraped and your online content being infringed? Yes, you’ve warned your content abuser with no response or you have received just some excuses. But, after Google indexing, your content does not stick out of the similar content heap of stolen material in search results? What can one do to set an alarm and enforce some consequences or even punishment? more…