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Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping

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Personal data that is publicly accessible is still subject to data protection and privacy regulations in most jurisdictions, the joint statement noted.

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A joint statement from a dozen countries, including Australia, Canada, the U.K., Hong Kong, and Switzerland, called on social media platforms to address illegal data scraping, emphasizing that local laws require them to protect user information.

The nations are seeking feedback from the parent companies of these platforms on how they will comply or plan to comply with the "expectations and principles" set forth in the statement, which in some jurisdictions are "explicit statutory requirements."

The joint statement indicated that platforms including YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Weibo, X, and LinkedIn should, among other things, limit the number of visits per hour or per day by a single account to other account profiles, develop teams or roles tasked with formulating and implementing measures to prevent scraping, and identify and take legal action against scrapers.

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