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Google Faces Lawsuit For Massive Data Scraping And Copyright Violations

In a major legal development, tech giant Google is facing a lawsuit filed in a US federal court in California, accusing the company of engaging in widespread data scraping without consent and violating copyright laws. The complaint, brought forth by public interest law firm Clarkson, targets Google, its parent company Alphabet, and AI research subsidiary Google DeepMind.

Data scraping, also known as web scraping, is a technique used to extract information from websites or online sources.

According to the complaint, Google has been covertly stealing an enormous amount of data created and shared on the internet by hundreds of millions of Americans. The allegations suggest that Google unlawfully collected personal and professional information with the purpose of utilizing it in the development of its commercial AI products, including the chatbot Bard.

“Google needs to understand that ‘publicly available’ has never meant free to use for any purpose,” emphasized Tim Giordano, an attorney at Clarkson, in an interview with CNN. “Our personal information and data are our property, valuable and protected. No one has the right to simply take it and exploit it for any purpose.”

The lawsuit points out that while the US Federal Trade Commission recently emphasized the need for companies to collect data lawfully for improving algorithms, Google silently updated its online privacy policy to further reinforce its belief that everything on the internet is fair game for the company’s private gain and commercial use.

The plaintiffs in the case are seeking injunctive relief in the form of a temporary freeze on commercial development and use, along with unspecified damages. Clarkson is requesting both Open AI and Google to temporarily halt the commercial use of all AI products and allow for a responsible deployment of this powerful technology, as stated in a statement on Clarkson’s website.

Ryan Clarkson, founder and managing partner at Clarkson, further suggested that Google should provide individuals with an option to “opt out” of having their data used in the AI training process.

As the legal battle unfolds, the outcome of this case could have significant implications for Google’s data collection practices, including data scraping, and the ethical use of AI technologies. This lawsuit highlights the growing concerns surrounding the privacy of personal information and the urgent need for greater transparency and user control in the digital age.

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