Canada launches investigation on OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada recently launched an investigation on OpenAI, the organization that created ChatGPT – a chatbot powered by artificial intelligence that has become extremely popular all over the globe.
The office claims it received a complaint about ChatGPT and its “gathering, usage and distribution of personal information without authorization,” which led to an investigation against the American business OpenAI.
Artificial intelligence and its implications for privacy, according to privacy commissioner Philippe Dufresne, are a high concern, and his agency has to keep up with “fast-moving technical breakthroughs.”
Although Dufresne’s office claims it won’t at this time, one of its responsibilities is to communicate the findings of investigations to the public. Launched in November of last year, ChatGPT employs online text to give customers thorough, conversational answers to their questions. It has been used to spew out everything from computer code to scripts.
Meanwhile, ChatGPT has financial backing from IT behemoth Microsoft and has already integrated the tool into several of its services. Because of that, it is occasionally positioned as a possible rival to Google and its popular search engine.
This week, Italy temporarily outlawed ChatGPT on the grounds that it contravenes the rigorous GDPR data protection regulation in Europe. The Italian regulators will be “educated” on how OpenAI’s A.I. software is taught and works by working with them, the company said as it promptly complied with the prohibition.
However, Italy is not the only country that has voiced worries about the emergence of ChatGPT, an AI-generated chatbot. Open AI’s product has already been blocked in places like China, Italy, North Korea, Iran, and Russia because of similar controversies.