Study sounds the alarm on real estate website scraping and data theft

Andrea V. Brambila reports:

Agent and broker website vendors and MLSs have had more than a decade to figure out how to protect one of the industry’s most valuable assets from theft online, but most haven’t risen to the challenge.

Therefore, it’s time to mandate scraping protections, according to a white paper from real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting and security technology firm Distil Networks.

“[W]eb scraping real estate data is easy and it is cheap and someone else is making money on MLS listings data and it is not going to stop unless the industry takes action,” the paper said.

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