Google Announced That It Now Reserves The Right To Scrape ALL Content Posted Online To Enhance AI Tools

Google has announced that it now reserves the right to scrape virtually all content posted online to enhance its AI tools. The internet giant’s privacy policy now doesn’t just describe how the Masters of the Universe will use all your personal data in its products to generate ad revenue, but also explains it considers the entire internet fair game for its relentless data collection systems.

Gizmodo reports that Google’s updated privacy policy has raised eyebrows in the tech world. The tech giant has made it clear that it reserves the right to use almost everything posted online to build and train its AI tools.


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.

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.



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.”











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