06
JAN
2010

Ryanair screen scraping appeal dismissed

Irish airline Ryanair has had its appeal over screen scraping dismissed by a Spanish court. The carrier took eDreams to court for using screen scraping software in order to offer customers direct information on Ryanair flights. It said that such intermediation in the sale of...
12
DEC
2009

The importance of business data today

Corporate data is of great importance in many ways. As we come to the end of 2009, a year which has seen a number of damaging data breach incidents, information is a valuable commodity. For this reason, it could be a wise move for companies to protect themselves against the...
11
DEC
2009

Screen scraping theft and how to stop it

Many people may have innocently copied and pasted content from a website in direct breach with the terms and conditions of companies’ websites. Others undertake scraping activity for different reasons. There are a number of ways screen scraping is carried out and a variety...
27
NOV
2009

Screen scraping target: B2B portals

While many different firms are a target for screen scraping activity, there are some that are more at threat than others. According to Sentor MSS, online business-to-business portals are particularly at risk and are regular targets for screen scraping. For such portals, keeping...
23
NOV
2009

Malware and screen scraping: Double trouble?

There are plenty of threats that companies need to be made aware of. Malware and screen scraping are certainly two of them. It seems that the two can even go hand in hand. Earlier this year, it was noted that once installed on a system, malware can carry out screen scraping...
11
NOV
2009

Social networking and data scraping

Data scraping is often carried out so that the party taking the information can make use of it for its own purposes. It appears this is now happening in the social networking world. As seen in the recent case between Power.com and social networking site Facebook, this can end up...
11
NOV
2009

The legal implications of screen scraping

There have been a number of cases surrounding the use of data in recent times and issues involving screen scraping have made their way into the courtroom on more than one occasion. While taking legal action could be something of a last resort for some firms, there are...
22
OCT
2009

Screen scraping target: Directories

Directories can be negatively impacted by screen scraping in a number of ways and those involved in the industry may want to get some better protection than they already have in place. While the paper product is still important in this sector, the rise of internet adoption means...
09
OCT
2009

Scraping the news: A potential problem?

News is something that the majority of people read or take in through some format on a daily basis. There are many opinions, however, on how information should be paid for and who has the right to display it and where. In this digital age, websites taking, or perhaps scraping...
30
SEP
2009

Screen scraping: The basics

Many may not be aware of screen scraping - its potential problems, risks and even who is taking the data in the first place. So what are the basics of this kind of data appropriation? And what kind of firms are or have been affected by screen scraping? Anders Söderström,...