Google sued for scraping data to train AI models

Occurred: July 2023

A lawsuit alleged Google scraped data from millions of users without their consent and violated copyright laws in order to train and develop its AI products.

Eight individuals sued (pdf) Google, DeepMind, and their parent company Alphabet for 'secretly stealing' huge amounts of online data to train its AI technologies, including Bard. Led by Clarkson Law Firm, Google was accused of negligence, larceny, copyright infringement, invasion of privacy, and profiting from illegally obtained personal data.

The complaint alleges Google 'has been secretly stealing everything ever created and shared on the internet by hundreds of millions of Americans'” and using this data to train its AI products. It also claims Google has taken 'virtually the entirety of our digital footprint,' including 'creative and copywritten works' to build its AI products. 

Developer: Alphabet/Google
Country: USA
Sector: Multiple
Purpose: Generate text
Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning
Issue: Copyright; Privacy
Transparency: Governance

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Type: Incident
Published: November 2023