Google sued for $5 billion for illegally collecting data to train AI

Google is facing a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco for collecting  data from websites to train its artificial intelligence. The class action lawsuit is filed by a "group representing the interests of internet users and copyright holders".

The collective argues that Google's data collection practices violate privacy and property rights by gathering personal data and copyrighted materials without consent.

According to the lawsuit, Google secretly steals everything that has ever been created and published on the Internet by hundreds of millions of US citizens. The complaint further alleges that the company has utilized its vast digital footprint to train its AI models.

Ryan Clarkson, the attorney representing the plaintiffs, argues that Google does not have the right to take possession of people's creative work, personal information, or photos of users' families and children simply because they share it online. The complainants are seeking court orders to allow users to opt-out of illegal data collection, the deletion of previously collected data, and "fair compensation" for the owners. The lawsuit is seeking a minimum sum of $5 billion in total damages.

The lawsuit stems from recent updates to Google's privacy policy, where the company states that it can use information from indexed websites to train its Bard neural network. The updated policy took effect on July 1, 2023.


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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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