The new policy states, “Google uses information to improve our services and to develop new products, features and technologies that benefit our users and the public. For example, we use publicly available information to help train Google’s AI models and build products and features like Google Translate, Bard, and Cloud AI capabilities.”
This change in policy is an exodus from the norm. Usually, privacy policies outline how a company uses information posted on its own platforms. However, Google’s new policy hints that it can amass and appropriate data posted on any part of the public web. This has heralded to a reassessment of what it means to post something online. It’s no longer a question of who can view the information, but how it could be manipulated.
The ramifications of this policy change are extensive. AI models such as Bard and ChatGPT could potentially use your old blog posts or restaurant reviews to bring about responses. There is a strong probability that Bard and ChatGPT have monopolized your old blog posts and other comments for use in creating answers to user prompts.
— Cryptonic Daily (@CryptonicDaily) July 4, 2023
The legality of scraping the internet for data is a gray area and is likely to be a topic of legal debate in the coming years. Companies like Google and OpenAI have been known to scrape vast portions of the internet to fuel their AI models. It’s not at all clear that this is legal, and the next few years will see the courts wrestle with copyright questions that would have seemed like science fiction a few years ago.
NEW: A federal judge has BLOCKED the Biden admin from colluding with big tech:
“The government worked too closely with big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google to silence conservative speech." pic.twitter.com/6CDqIuYXIk
— Tea Party Patriots (@TPPatriots) July 5, 2023
Google: Thanks for the free data, everyone! pic.twitter.com/noN09OtTWj
— Genevieve Roch-Decter, CFA (@GRDecter) July 5, 2023
Elon Musk blamed AI scraping for his recent restrictions on Twitter users and the ability to read tweets. Musk tweeted, “To address extreme levels of data scraping & system manipulation we’ve applied the following temporary limits.”
— Justine Bateman (@JustineBateman) July 5, 2023