Analysis

Data 'Scraping' Episodes Don't Fall Neatly Into Breach Laws

By Ben Kochman (April 23, 2021, 10:53 PM EDT) -- The mass "scraping" of profile data from social media sites using automated software often doesn't qualify as a data breach under U.S. laws, privacy attorneys say, sparking a debate over whether such statutes need updating given evolving consumer expectations and hacking risks.

Data scraping has been in the spotlight this month as Facebook and LinkedIn face investigations in Europe over mass collection of their users' information. Ireland's privacy regulator launched a probe after names, phone numbers, locations and other data scraped from more than 500 million Facebook users' public profiles was repackaged and offered for free on an online forum popular...

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