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Getting a grip on real estate data scraping

Part 3: Securing real estate data on the Web

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Editor's note: In this four-part series, Inman News looks at real estate security in the Internet era. It's no longer just a matter of keeping clients' home keys in a safe place. The Web has opened up vulnerabilities to data scraping, and new responsibilities for consumer privacy, MLS passwords and lockbox pass codes. (See Part 1: Real estate industry steps up MLS security; Part 2: Keep real estate clients' private info private and Part 4: Security gurus spread the word.) These days, multiple listing services house a lot more than just home listings data. Some allow members to hold all their past clients' contact information, and some include home showing instructions with such clues as "Don't show home between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – children home alone." Or "Owner overseas until Oct. 12." Gregg Larson, CEO of Clareity Consulting, which performs security audits for real estate companies, pointed to a situation in New York in which someone had been using unauthorized access to ...