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What is the EU law on screen scraping? Is it permitted? Can a company prevent it from happening? Can that company dictate what happens to the data that has been screen scraped by a 3rd party?

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Published on LexisPSL on 12/07/2018

The following TMT Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • What is the EU law on screen scraping? Is it permitted? Can a company prevent it from happening? Can that company dictate what happens to the data that has been screen scraped by a 3rd party?
  • What steps can a website take technically and legally, in the UK, to prevent a third party from scraping data?

See News Analysis: LinkedIn’s efforts to stop the bots and in particular:

What steps can a website take technically and legally, in the UK, to prevent a third party from scraping data?

It is ultimately very difficult to stop a determined scraper. From a legal perspective, a website owner could:

  1. if it owns any intellectual property rights in the website (eg copyright or database rights), seek to rely on those rights to obtain an injunction against the scraper, and/or

  2. include a suitable restriction on scraping in its terms of use (p

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