A technology company dedicated to halting and preventing the scraping of online data has set its sights on the real estate industry. With strategic help from real estate consulting firm Clareity Consulting, Arlington, Va.-based Distil Networks has developed what it hopes will be an “industrywide intelligence network” to identify and thwart those who scrape real estate listing data without permission. “You (multiple listing services) put out your most valuable asset on your front lawn with a sign that says, ‘Please don't steal me.’ That's the only protection you have. Until now,” said Distil CEO Rami Essaid. Scrapers, which are essentially programs or “bots,” look just like human beings when they access a website, he said. “But if you put Distil between your we...
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