Following an investigation by the Italian privacy regulator into OpenAI and ChatGPT, the Canadian privacy regulator has also initiated a similar inquiry. However, the situation is slightly different in Canada, as the regulator claims to have received a complaint accusing ChatGPT of collecting, using, and disclosing personal information without consent.
The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has stated that artificial intelligence and its impact on privacy are of utmost importance, and regulatory bodies must stay ahead of rapidly advancing technology.
At this time, the Canadian privacy regulator has not released any detailed information regarding the investigation. The agency has announced that it will not disclose further details at this stage, and its primary focus is to publicly report the investigation’s findings after its conclusion.
OpenAI has not issued a response to the investigation. When contacted by local Canadian media for comment, the company referred to a previously published blog post about privacy protection, which could be considered an indirect response.
It is worth noting that publishers have previously filed joint complaints with regulatory authorities, accusing OpenAI of plagiarism. This refers to the practice of training AI by scraping content from the internet without obtaining permission from copyright holders beforehand.
However, it seems that no regulatory bodies have launched a formal investigation into OpenAI’s content scraping practices so far. The current focus remains on ChatGPT’s protection of people’s privacy and security.
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