Canada announced on Tuesday that it had launched an investigation into the US-based software company behind ChatGPT, the much-talked-about artificial intelligence chatbot.
The Privacy Commission’s investigation into OpenAI was launched in response to “complaints alleging it collected, used, and disclosed personal information without consent,” the agency said.
Launched in November, OpenAI’s chatbot uses information available online to provide detailed answers to user queries.
ChatGPT was a global sensation when it was released last year with its ability to generate essays, songs, exams and even news articles from short prompts.
But critics have long been plagued by a lack of clarity about where ChatGPT and its competitors got their data and how they processed it.
Canadian Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne said:
ChatGPT is sometimes touted as a potential competitor to Google’s search engine, with funding from tech giant Microsoft, which has already added the tool to several services.
The move by Canadian regulators comes amid growing calls for increased scrutiny of AI-powered technologies.
Last week, billionaire Elon Musk (OpenAI founder and no longer a board member) and hundreds of global experts halted research for six months on AI systems more powerful than GPT-4. I asked you to It is the software upon which ChatGPT is based, citing “serious risks to society and humanity.”
Italy on Friday also became the first country in the Western world to block ChatGPT over data usage concerns.
European police agency Europol recently warned that criminals are using artificial intelligence, such as conversational bots, to commit fraud and other cyber crimes.
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