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USTPC HotTopic: "Scraping By: Reconsidering Law & Technology for Online Data Collection"
As illuminated by a timely 2021 HotTopics program, in last year’s Van Buren decision the Supreme Court accepted arguments by USTPC and many others that the 1986 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) should not be read to label security researchers and others as illegal “trespassers” prohibited from scraping data without the source website’s prior permission. The Court’s opinion, however, was based on just one part of the CFAA -- and a narrow one at that.

Just weeks ago, at the Court’s direction in a suit by LinkedIn against data analytics firm HiQ, the influential US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reaffirmed the fundamental “takeaway” from Van Buren and may well have made it substantially broader by expressly allowing scraping from “publicly accessible” online sources.

Will the Ninth Circuit’s April HiQ ruling usher in a Golden Age of security research, pave a path to financial ruin for now-lucrative websites like LinkedIn, threaten personal privacy, dangerously take the CFAA out of law enforcement’s prosecutorial quiver, or all/none of the above?!?

Join us Thursday, May 19 from 5:00 - 6:30pm EDT for “Scraping By: Reconsidering Law & Technology for Online Data Collection” when USTPC Law Subcommittee Chair and appellate attorney Andy Grosso moderates a panel of legal and technical experts who’ll tackle these issues and more!

May 19, 2022 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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