Businesses that involve crawling the web are shot with this question at every platform possible. Our answer to this mundanity- Is viewing a web page on your browser legal? Hell Yes!
Crawling means fetching content from the web pages in an automated manner as opposed to manually opening each page in your browser. The calls made by the browser-agent to the target server that hosts the web page is similar to the way a bot hits a page to grab its content. So why is crawling a taboo among those who only have learnt to use the term? Mostly because it’s quite often used against the website’s policies and breaks the ground rules of crawling.
Here are some thumb rules to follow if you want a bot to behave humanly (pun intended).
If you have followed the above points and are still seeking peace with crawling either belonging to the crawling or receiving party, let’s look at why crawling was ever possible.
Conclusion– Crawling is not an under the table activity. It’s just another way of collecting data and needs a lot of intellectual capacity to deal with.
P.S. We’re not lawyers and this post is attributed to our limited knowledge of crawling that’s an integral part of our big data solutions.