LinkedIn Appeals Important CFAA Ruling Regarding Scraping Public Info Just As Concerns Raised About Clearview

Mike Masnick writes:

Last fall we were happy to see the 9th Circuit rule against LinkedIn in its CFAA case against HiQ. If you don’t recall, the CFAA is the “anti-hacking” law that has been widely abused over the years to try to shut down perfectly reasonable activity. At issue is whether “scraping” information violates a terms of service, and thus, the CFAA. A few years back, the same court ruled in favor of Facebook against Power Ventures, saying that even though Power’s users gave permission to Power and handed over their login credentials, Power was violating the CFAA in scraping Facebook, because the information was behind a registration wall — and because Facebook had sent a cease-and-desist.

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