The Interplay of Web Aggregation and Regulations

H. Zhu, S.E. Madnick, and M.D. Siegel (USA)


International IP Law, Privacy Law, Web Aggregation


The development of web technology has led to the emergence of web aggregation, a service that collects existing web data and turns them into more useful information. We review the development of both comparison and relationship aggregation and discuss their impacts on various stakeholders. The aggregator’s capability of transparently extracting web data has raised challenging issues in database and privacy protection. Consequently, new regulations are introduced or being proposed. We analyze the interactions between aggregation and related policies and provide our insights about the implications of new policies on the development of web aggregation.

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