Scraper software simulates human interaction with Web sites by using hypertext transfer protocol or embedding Web browsers to automatically extract data from Sites the browser visits. As a criminology tool, scraper software can be used on a suspect’s web browser to gather information about what Web sites he or she visits. This could lead police departments to other suspects or to criminal activity being perpetrated by the suspect. Businesses, universities and other entities could utilize scraper software to detect where their employees or students are spending their time on the Web during work hours. Scraper software is a tool that can also be used for data mining within a data gathering work environment.
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