A US appellate court, in a case involving LinkedIn, recently ruled that data scraping publicly-visible information does not violate The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
This decision — ZDNet’s take is here — has a reality component and a perception component. In reality, the ruling is delightfully narrow and unlikely to have much of a legal impact. As for the perception part, that’s where enterprise Web chiefs and their IT colleagues are likely to suffer a big chunk of headaches. The same is true of enterprise marketing execs (but most of them deserve it).