NAACP Sues To Break SC's Ban On Scraping Court Records

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By Ryan Boysen (March 31, 2022, 4:40 PM EDT) — The NAACP has hit the South Carolina state court system with a lawsuit over its “unjustified” ban on the automated gathering of online information, or scraping, claiming the strict rules are undermining efforts to mitigate a “statewide eviction crisis.”

In a suit filed Wednesday, the South Carolina chapter of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization says it has received grant funding and has volunteers standing by for a project aimed at identifying and assisting tenants faced with imminent eviction.

But due to the South Carolina state court system’s total ban on scraping — which prevents the use of automated programs that…

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