SUPREME COURT OF ILLINOIS THWARTS ATTEMPTS OF A DATA MINING COMPANY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ABOUT ATTORNEYS

The Supreme Court of Illinois issued an order on July 15, 2008, denying Avvo Inc., a for-profit organization, which provides a directory of lawyers from across the United States, access to a copy of the information maintained on the Master of Roll of Attorneys held by the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. The information in question included a list of names and practice details of attorneys registered in the State of Illinois. Avvo Inc. planned to use the collected information to conduct data mining to update its listing of lawyers.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Is access to master roll lists of attorneys restricted in any other jurisdiction?
What were some of the main concerns raised with respect to Avvo’s data mining practices expressed by the Commission in its Response to the court?
Have Avvo’s activities been challenged in other jurisdictions?
How does Avvo defend its data mining practices?

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