NAR OKs indexing of listings

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SAN DIEGO -- The National Association of Realtors' board of directors adopted a new policy Monday making it clear that real estate brokers can allow search engines like Google to index property listings displayed on their Web sites under data-sharing agreements with other brokers. NAR's board of directors approved several changes to the association's Internet Data Exchange (IDX) policy as it wrapped up the group's annual meeting in San Diego. The changes included the deletion of language that previously obligated real estate brokers participating in a multiple listing service (MLS) to employ "reasonable efforts" to protect listings from "scraping," or unauthorized duplication by third-party Web sites.New language prohibits MLS participants from using listing data for any purpose other than display on their Web sites, but clarifies that they don't have to protect listings from legitimate search engines like Google, which collect information from Web sites and store i...