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is buying scraped and using them in my business illegal ?

Rami Dridi Dridi Rami

Last updated on June 11th, 2017

If I buy scraped data ( from people not from business ) and use them in my platform will I face legal actions?

I have an idea that is basically analytics platform of a xxxx website. since It's illegal to "scrape & use data" for business matter, I thought about just buying the data ( if it exists scraped already).

Harjyot Singh Entrepreneur & Learner

Last updated on June 23rd, 2017

Depends which country you are using the data!


If it's U.S, then you should know CAN SPAM Law

Canada doesn't allow unsolicited e-mail marketing at all


Your database should be SPAM Compliant for specific countries.





Paul Garcia President at TABLE

June 14th, 2017

Yes, if you use scraped data you can face seriously expensive legal action. Harjyot directed you to CAN SPAM with regard to email, but even using fax numbers can land you in hot water. Depending on the source, you could be in hot water for profiting from publicly available data without explicit permission. About the only thing that isn't lidded these days is direct mail, and you'd better check your direct mailers suppression list if you do that too.


The penalties vary in strength depending on where you are, where the recipient is, and where the tools you used are based.


If you want to lease database information, do it from a reputable company that follows regulations. There are a lot of publishers who have opt-in lists that you can rent to send advertisements. Start with that.


It's not at all clear what you mean by "analytics platform" so I'm assuming you are talking about contact data for soliciting customers. If you mean something else, please clarify.

Rami Dridi Dridi Rami

June 15th, 2017

Analytics Platform where people can make plots or advanced research that the website I'm going to scrape does not have them as an option.

say for example I'm going to scrape AliBaba and provide some tools to know some pourcentages/plots/advances research ...

Rami Dridi Dridi Rami

June 14th, 2017

@Harjyot I'm in Tunisia, we don't really have any laws for that. but the data I'm gonna buy is almost from everywhere. specifically, Amazon's Data, all the buying is in Tunisia but all the scraping is elsewhere ( I have no hands in that)

Paul Garcia President at TABLE

June 15th, 2017

Rami, I still have no idea what you're talking about in your analytic platform. If a web site offers an API to manipulate its data, then you are essentially granted a license with the use of the API to do certain things. This is how sites like Trivago analyze data from other travel sites and present the information in a different "analysis" that isn't otherwise available. Consider that simply asking for permission to reprocess data may be accepted by those you'd like to reprocess from. Not everyone is tight-fisted.


I can't think of anything on Alibaba that I would analyze, so my imagination isn't getting me to where you were hoping I could understand.