Google Hit with $5B Lawsuit Over AI Data Scraping Privacy Policy


    • Google has recently been hit with a class-action lawsuit for its updated privacy policy, which allows data scraping to train AI without consent.
    • The plaintiffs argue that Google is unfairly taking advantage of the public data and violating their rights as internet users and copyright holders.
    • The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Google to obtain explicit permission from users before collecting data, as well as paying damages potentially up to $5 billion.

    Google Hit With Lawsuit Over New AI Data Scraping Privacy Policy

    A week after updating its privacy policy to allow data scraping for AI training purposes, Google faces a class-action lawsuit. 8 individuals have filed the suit claiming to represent “millions of class members” — internet users and copyright holders — who had their privacy and property rights violated in light of the update. The lawsuit accuses Google of “harvesting data in secret” without user’s consent. It also argues that this gives it an unfair advantage over competitors who lawfully obtain or purchase data used for AI training.

    The Plaintiffs Accusations

    The plaintiffs have argued that “publicly available” does not mean it is free to use for any purpose, thus accusing Google of misusing large amounts of data including copyrighted material in artificial intelligence (AI) training. Ryan Clarkson from the Clarkson Law Firm representing the plaintiffs said: “Google must understand once and for all: it does not own the Internet, it does not own our creative works, it does not own our expressions of our personhood…”

    Lawsuit Seeking Damages

    The lawsuit seeks an order requiring Google to obtain explicit permission from users before collecting data as well as providing compensation for already existing data taken by them. They are also seeking damages potentially up to $5 billion.

    OpenAI Pauses ChatGPT’s Bing Feature

    Earlier this week, author Sarah Silverman along with two other authors filed a similar lawsuit against OpenAI and Meta for using their copyrighted work without permission on ChatGPT’s Bing feature, which was later paused by OpenAI due to users jumping paywalls while using the feature.


    This recent incident showcases how important it is for companies like Google and OpenAI to be mindful of user’s privacy when thinking about utilizing public information for their services or products. Especially when dealing with sensitive topics such as user generated content or copyright material which need permission before being utilized commercially or otherwise without owner’s approval