Antitrust Trade and Practice

Big Data, Web 'Scraping' and Competition Law: The Debate Continues

, New York Law Journal


Antitrust Trade and Practice columnists, Shepard Goldfein and James Keyte write: Big Data is a complex issue—different firms and individuals have different access to different sources of data, and want to use that data in different ways. This complexity means that the legality of some methods of culling and using Big Data remains unclear. A recent case signals a shift in the way courts may be viewing attempts to restrict one method of accumulating data that has sparked recent legal debate: data scraping.

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