Google Fined $270 Million in France for Misusing News Publishers' Data to Train Bard/Gemini AI Model

France fined Google $270 million for breaching agreements with news publishers and misusing their data to train its AI model, Bard/Gemini. The saga began with EU copyright reforms in 2019, extending protections to news snippets. Google’s initial response was to shut down Google News in France, but this was deemed anti-competitive.

Despite settling previous disputes, Google now faces fines for using publishers’ content without proper notification. The French competition authority highlighted Google’s failure to provide opt-out solutions for publishers and its opaque payment methodologies. Google accepted the fine but criticized its proportionality, aiming to move forward with fair content use agreements.