Distil Networks has released its latest report on web scraping. In “The 2016 Economics of Web Scraping” (registration required) it highlights the ease with which web scraping is taking place. It also claims that 46% of web traffic is now bots that are stealing data from websites by web scraping.
According to Rami Essaid, CEO and co-founder of Distil Networks: “If your content can be viewed on the web, it can be scraped. Not only does web scraping pose a critical challenge to a website’s brand, it can threaten sales and conversions, lower SEO rankings, or undermine the integrity of content that took considerable time and resources to produce. Understanding the pervasive nature of today’s web scraping economy not only raises awareness about this growing challenge, it also allows website owners to take action in the protection of their proprietary information.”