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IDG Contributor Network: When BOTS make legal headlines, who wins?

Discussion in 'CSO' started by RSS, Sep 23, 2016.

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    In 2013, the Associated Press and The New York Times won a case against Meltwater, which had been scraping news for its own offering.

    In 2014, LinkedIn filed a lawsuit against unnamed parties after discovering that bots were used to scrape data from the profiles of hundreds of thousands of users (possibly by a startup trying to build their own database).

    Currently, the online coupon code service provider Coupon Cabin has filed suit against several competitors over stolen codes.

    Though these actors are in direct violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, it's really difficult to identify who is actually perpetrating these bots. When enterprises like LinkedIn suffers a bot attack that scrapes the data of millions of users, the question isn't only who wins in a legal suit, but who loses overall. It's bots vs. people.

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