Guest post by Alexandra Datsenko.
Though web scraping is growing rapidly in popularity and being deployed widely, it’s vital to understand the legal and ethical requirements.
Although web scraping is perfectly legal, this does not mean that absolutely any content can be collected and actively used. It has to stay within certain limits.
This article presents a look at the etiquette of web scraping and what ethical rules and legal measures exist regarding automatic web data collection.
But first, let’s briefly define what web scraping is, and how it is used, for those unfamiliar with the concept.