ChatGPT Under Investigation By The Canadian Privacy Commissioner… Though It Has Other Issues Elsewhere

The new hotness in AI known as ChatGPT is now under investigation by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner because of a complaint alleging the company is collecting, using, and disclosing personal information without proper permission:

“AI technology and its effects on privacy is a priority for my Office,” Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne says. “We need to keep up with – and stay ahead of – fast-moving technological advances, and that is one of my key focus areas as Commissioner.”

The investigation into OpenAI, the operator of ChatGPT, was launched in response to a complaint alleging the collection, use and disclosure of personal information without consent.

As this is an active investigation, no additional details are available at this time.

Well, I suppose that it could have been worse. Though it still could be as Italy has banned ChatGPT:

Last week, the Italian Data Protection Watchdog ordered OpenAI to temporarily cease processing Italian users’ data amid a probe into a suspected breach of Europe’s strict privacy regulations.

The regulator, which is also known as Garante, cited a data breach at OpenAI which allowed users to view the titles of conversations other users were having with the chatbot.

There “appears to be no legal basis underpinning the massive collection and processing of personal data in order to ‘train’ the algorithms on which the platform relies,” Garante said in a statement Friday.

Garante also flagged worries over a lack of age restrictions on ChatGPT, and how the chatbot can serve factually incorrect information in its responses.

The part about it serving up factually incorrect info is a problem with ChatGPT. Take for example this from Philip N Cohen who is a Sociologist and demographer at the University of Maryland via Mastodon:

Serious question: Can you sue an AI for this?

In any case, this is a huge problem for the makers of ChatGPT who is OpenAI, and those who back it. This combined with the fact that it appears to hoover up your data makes this tool problematic. Thus I would not be at all surprised if more countries crack down on ChatGPT in some way, shape, or form. That brings me to another point, what happens if you’re a company who’s integrated ChatGPT into your products? What then? That’s an interesting question that I think we’re going to find out what the answer is shortly.

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