FTC to Examine Effects of Big Data on Low Income and Underserved Consumers at September Workshop; Project No. P145406 #00012

Submission Number:
00012
Commenter:
Jim Bernsten
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
FTC to Examine Effects of Big Data on Low Income and Underserved Consumers at September Workshop; Project No. P145406
Dear FTC, I am filing comments for your workshop regarding the new emergence of web scraping companies such as OWLER.com. I am a small business owner. I work hard and invest lot of time in doing good work. It has been frustrating that now and then a new website pops up which copies all of our information and then BLACKMAILS us that we need to create account and update our information. They do not remove our information because according to them it is public information. Well, OWLER.com is a SCAM. I am requesting FTC to please regulate such web scraping companies. OWLER has copied our company logo and is displaying it on their website. This is clear violation of the LANHAM ACT. They have copied more than 100 million logos of small business owners. This creates a false impression that the page on Owler.com is our official page. PLEASE impose a fine on Owler for violation of Lanham Act. Also PLEASE ask OWLER.com and other web scraping companies to have a simple OPT-OUT policy. Thanks. I used a pseudonym to protect myself.