Google is now the target of a lawsuit that claims the tech giant improperly used copious amounts of data, including material protected by copyright, for the training of artificial intelligence (AI), Following a recent revision to its privacy policies.
Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL.O) was charged with allegedly mishandling a sizable amount of personal data and copyrighted content to train its artificial intelligence systems in a proposed class action lawsuit.
Attorney for the plaintiffs Ryan Clarkson issued a statement saying, “Google does not own the internet, it does not own our creative works, it does not own our expressions of who we are, pictures of our families and children, or anything else simply because we share it online.”
Moreover, eight people filed a complaint in San Francisco federal court on behalf of millions of internet users and copyright holders, alleging that Google’s unauthorized collection of data from websites violates their rights to privacy and property.
The content mentioned in the lawsuit included anything from TikTok videos to Spotify playlists and images from dating services. One of the claimants, J.L., who is a best-selling author and investigative journalist from Texas, said Google also used a whole copy of her book to teach Bard.
Internet users were asked to choose whether or not they wanted to be part of Google’s “illicit data collection” in the lawsuit, and it requested the court to order Google to either delete any existing data or provide its owners “fair compensation.”