Google Slapped With $270 Million Fine Over AI Training

French regulators are not happy with Google and how it carried out training of its AI.

A leading French watchdog has therefore opted to hit the Android maker with a hefty fine worth $270 million today, adding how the company turned back on its commitments linked to negotiations with French media outlets.

Regulators alleged that Google made use of content belonging to journalists in the country without consent as they felt it would teach this AI chatbot that’s not better known as Gemini.

The company had reportedly vowed in a host of settlements to conduct negotiations that were transparent and non-discriminatory in nature so regulators stated how such broken commitments were against the policy.

French regulators also mentioned how a host of legal queries remain regarding how the news material is being used right now for training AI models. Whatever the case may be, the fact that Google breached such commitments in the first place by not informing publishers about using content online for Bard is purely unethical and wrong.

These regulators also spoke about how Google failed in terms of showing cooperation with trustees who were a part of the settlements conducted in the past. They did not negotiate anything in good faith nor did they give out data about revenue to those parties involved in negotiations.

The firm that’s based in California just got a hefty fine in the form of 250 million Euros over violations while no facts on the matter were disputed as per French officials.

Another statement published on Wednesday added how Google felt such a mega fine wasn’t appropriate in terms of the allegations added.

While Google is agreeing to pay as it hopes to move on with time, it mentioned how the bigger goal was related to incorporating sustainable means to link people with content that’s of high quality and ensure constructive working relationships are designed with those in the French press.

In the past few years, Google says they’ve been up for talks and negotiations with publishers over this matter, and even today, they are willing to sit down and have a chat to find a better solution.

But it does hope for a lot more clarity now that the fine has been imposed and who is liable to make the payments so that in the future, they can follow a more planned course of action for a healthy business environment.

How tech firms conduct training on chatbots today is still a hot topic and this is one that’s been published inside the court for months.

We saw in 2022 how a British regulator rolled out a fine to company Clearview that was worth $9 million in terms of how users’ biometric data kept getting scraped for things like facial recognition. With time, such fines were overturned after appeals were generated by an entire tribunal featuring members of the UK Regulatory Chamber.

We even saw top media firm The New York Times rolled out a lawsuit that sued companies such as OpenAI in the past year over its ChatGPT bot. They alleged that the AI company went against the law by utilizing its material to engage in the training of AI models.

OpenAI even requested the judge to dismiss some of the legal case’s parts, adding how The New York Times hired hackers on its platforms but again, those claims were refuted.

But publishers having their reservations with OpenAI and ChatGPT including Business Insider did end up coming to a deal with these respective AI giants for using their content.

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