Every project we do involves collecting data that’s publicly available, which is 100% legal. But there can be scenarios where a certain website specifically mentions in their terms and conditions that copying or replicating data is not permitted. In such cases we contact the website on your behalf and make sure what we do is perfectly legal. In the case of a particular website terms and condition prohibits automation, we will find alternative data sources or manual resources to get you the same data you are after without violating any websites terms and conditions.
There have been many cases in the past where companies try to act as if they own the data on their websites, when in fact its public knowledge. You can find numerous court rulings to date where judges have decided web scraping is completely legal.
Recently LinkedIn was ordered to let users scrape the data –https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/15/16148250/microsoft-linkedin-third-party-data-access-judge-ruling.
We respect each platforms terms and conditions and we want scraping solutions customers to use our service responsibly.