A number of solutions are currently available, ranging from self-help type recourses such as data scraping to data-sharing agreements with the platform companies.
What makes the situation more complex, perhaps, is the fact that data scraping is also engaged in by competitors and "opportunistic" businesses that build their business model on data analytics that use data scraped from other websites such as Airbnb.
The issues around the Terms of Service, copyright law, and data scraping are particularly important when one considers the data deficit in which municipalities (as well as researchers, journalists, and civil society actors) find themselves when it comes to platform companies such as Airbnb.
Although there is no indication that Airbnb has taken enforcement action to stop data scraping of its site, it is publicly critical of the quality and reliability of the data that are scraped.
UKPRwire, Mon Oct 24 2016] Lawyers Data Scraping
We believe one of the exciting challenges with learning analytics lies in the application of techniques like data scraping, statistics, programming, and visualization to qualitative data, particularly when guided by models such as the IAM.
One very common analytics operation is data scraping, which is a colloquial and more general term for what used to be called web scraping using a web spider (Eichmann, 1995).
Data scraping was conducted using two types of software (a) Microsoft Excel for its built-in descriptive-statistics functions and (b) a custom parser of unique words and unique word pairs, which filtered out punctuation, then displayed the number of occurrences of both words and word pairs.
This includes blocking bots, data scraping
operations, and banning end user accounts associated with those activities.
Although algorithm 2 can automate table detection and data scraping
of a Wikipedia article to operationalize a concept, this heuristic approach may select the wrong table or column to retrieve data yielding a poor final outcome.
The Wall Street Journal reported on an emerging business practice called data scraping in the article " 'Scrapers' Dig Deep for Data on Web.
There are no regulations on the books yet for data scraping practices.