Is web scraping legal?
Web scraping, or web crawling, is legal if you scrape data publicly available. However, it is not legal if you scrape confidential data for profit, such as personally identified information and copyrighted data, and we do not recommend collecting such data. That being said, it is recommended that you comply with data privacy rules and regulations that may be different depending on countries.
Listly strategizes how to help uncover opportunities with data by:
- Offering web scraping services to help customers collect and get structured web data
- Providing advanced features that do not harm the website(s) being scraped, such as limiting the number of URLs available for web scraping and the speed of data extraction
- Securely accessing customer data only upon customers request to troubleshoot web scraping problems
- Not getting involved in the analysis or re-use of data that belong to end users who use the collected data