New privacy policies
Google announced changes to its privacy policies on its website. It states, “Google uses the 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.”
While most companies' privacy policies include the right to use any data posted on their platforms, Google now reserves the right to gather and use data posted on the web as a whole that will be used to develop its services and train its AI models.
How do AI models get their data?
Generative AI models like ChatGPT use the whole internet to source their data through a process called Web scraping. It extracts a valuable amount of data from online sources and then provides a sentiment analysis of the same to the user. While web scraping can be useful for analytical research purposes, it can also violate the terms of service of a website that prohibits web scraping.
To counter the extreme levels of data scraping and system manipulation, Elon Musk recently restricted Twitter accounts to a limited number of readings per day. Moreover, Twitter also restricted browsing access for users without accounts. Know more about this here: Elon Musk changes Twitter forever, slaps limits on number of tweets you can read.