Is robots.txt a legally binding document?
The attorney said that they were just about to sue me into oblivion…
What I find really interesting here is actually that Facebook (a known offender on the privacy front) is so cavalier as to expose this information via their API. That they would add a cherry on top by threatening to sue when the API gets, well, used is scarcely surprising.
This reminds me of a moment in college when one of my friends was trying to convince the registrar that SelfReg (our online registration tool) was leaky like a sieve, from a security standpoint. He didn’t make much headway until he presented the registrar with a list of ~1000 student names, addresses and social security numbers, gleaned from the system. (That’s out of 2000 potential students — he only started the collection script halfway through the registration period.)
That much exposed personal information is like overwhelming force. Unless it comes up against another, even more overwhelming force. Like a SLAPP lawsuit.
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