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Google plans to scrape everything you post online to train its AI

Additions to Google’s Privacy Policy are making some observers worry that all of your content is about to be fed into Google's AI tools. Alterations to the T&Cs now explicitly state that your “publicly available information” will be used to train in-house Google AI models alongside other products.

From the Privacy Policy page:

From the Privacy Policy page:
"In some circumstances, Google also collects information about you from publicly accessible sources. For example, if your name appears in your local newspaper, Google’s search engine may index that article and display it to other people if they search for your name. We may also collect information about you from trusted partners, such as directory services who provide us with business information to be displayed on Google’s services, marketing partners who provide us with information about potential customers of our business services, and security partners who provide us with information to protect against abuse. We also receive information from advertising partners to provide advertising and research services on their behalf."

You may be wondering where the reference to AI comes into play here. Me too! I’ve given talks on EULAs and privacy policies regarding some of the most excessive privacy policies around. I waded through every section tied to the privacy policy page, and I couldn’t find the relevant section. It eventually had to be pointed out to me that what look like hyperlinks leading off-site are actually links to pop open additional information on the terms used.


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