Canada ChatGPT investigation: Privacy officials to dig more

 Canada ChatGPT investigation: Privacy officials to dig more

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming Canada’s technological landscape, unlocking new possibilities and reshaping industries. However, with great advancements in AI come the need for robust safeguards to protect individuals’ privacy and personal information. The Canada ChatGPT investigation is government’s step in that regard.

Last week, we wrote about how ChatGPT creator OpenAI was under investigation by Canada.

This week, the Canadian government shared further updates on that front, while recognizing the importance of ensuring responsible AI practices. Four Canadian privacy authorities are formally joining forces to investigate the company behind ChatGPT, the powerful AI chatbot.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC), along with the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec, and the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, will conduct the investigation into OpenAI’s ChatGPT.

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Second step in Canada ChatGPT investigation

The OPC initiated the investigation in April following a complaint regarding collection, use, and disclosure of personal information without consent. Given the wide-ranging impact of AI and its relevance to all Canadians, authorities have decided to collaborate on the investigation. By combining their resources and expertise, they aim to enforce privacy laws more effectively and efficiently.

“AI technology and its effects on privacy are global issues and key focus areas for privacy authorities in Canada and around the world. As regulators, we need to keep up with – and stay ahead of – fast-moving technological advances in order to protect the fundamental privacy rights of Canadians.”

Philippe Dufresne, Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Privacy authorities will focus on the following aspects of OpenAI’s practices:

  • Examining whether OpenAI has obtained valid and meaningful consent from individuals in Canada regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information through ChatGPT.
  • Assessing OpenAI’s adherence to obligations related to openness, transparency, access, accuracy, and accountability.
  • Investigating whether OpenAI’s collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information aligns with what a reasonable person would consider appropriate, reasonable, or legitimate in the given circumstances. Additionally, they will assess whether this collection is limited to the necessary information for these purposes.

Québec, British Columbia, and Alberta’s privacy legislation have been deemed substantially similar to federal laws. Privacy authorities often collaborate on matters of national importance. Each office will investigate compliance with the specific laws it oversees, ensuring a thorough examination of the situation.

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