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Expect to see more online data scraping, thanks to a misinterpreted court ruling

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).

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Source:: Computerworld