LinkedIn Data Scraping Case Spotlights Computer Fraud Law Limits

Sept. 10, 2019, 8:35 PM

Companies can no longer rely on a federal anti-hacking law to stop public data scraping after an appeals court ruled that LinkedIn Corp. profiles were likely fair game under the law, attorneys said.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Sept. 9 allowed data analytics firm hiQ Labs Inc. to access LinkedIn’s publicly available profile data. The case now returns to the district court for further proceedings.

The decision shows that the scope of the decades-old Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, originally designed by Congress to criminalize hacking, probably doesn’t extend to a website’s public data, attorneys said. ...

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