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  1. #1
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    Default Is it Legal to Harvest Data from a Website for Personal Use

    I am a software engineer, also in the market for a used car. Instead of manually searching for car data on autotrader.com, I am able to write some code and store it in my own computer for analysis. The values I'm collecting are just prices, mileage, color, year. nothing personal. Is this legal? I have no interest in making this information public or selling it. thanks!

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    Default Re: Web Crawling Data

    You may run afoul of autotraders terms and conditions and they may ban you

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    Default Re: Is it Legal to Harvest Data from a Website for Personal Use

    If you're talking about automated searches, depending on the nature and extent of your automated activity, Autotrader may have systems in place to block your IPs, require captchas, or otherwise prevent excessive automated searches of their system.

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    Default Re: Is it Legal to Harvest Data from a Website for Personal Use

    thanks guys, back to o' pen and paper

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