MLS & Associations

MLS fights ‘bad bots’

Northern Colorado's IRES signs up for Distil Networks' data protection product

Multiple listing service data is highly coveted in the real estate and mortgage industries. Like any other such asset, it is vulnerable to theft. In mid-2013, data security firm Distil Networks launched what it hoped would be an "industrywide intelligence network" to identify and thwart those who scrape real estate listing data without permission. At the time, a dozen MLSs had deployed Distil's technology to protect their public-facing sites. The company currently has 15 MLS customers. In November, FBS announced it would be the first MLS system provider to implement Distil for its 130 MLS customers, protecting all of the MLS public-facing sites and agent and broker Internet data exchange (IDX) sites powered by its MLS platform, Flexmls. Distil covers more than 10,000 Flexmls-powered sites. Northern Colorado-based Information and Real Estate Services LLC is the latest to deploy Distil's technology. More than 5,000 agents and brokers subscribe to its homegrown MLS platform. ...