ChatGPT creator OpenAI & its surge now under investigation by Canada

 ChatGPT creator OpenAI & its surge now under investigation by Canada

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The Canadian government has launched an investigation into ChatGPT creator OpenAI, an artificial intelligence (AI) firm. The move comes after concerns were raised about the firm’s data handling practices and its potential impact on privacy rights.

Canada investigating ChatGPT creator OpenAI
Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Philippe Dufresne. Photo courtesy: OPC

ChatGPT is a large language model developed by the AI firm in question. And it has been widely used in a variety of applications, including chatbots and virtual assistants. The model has also been licensed to a number of third-party companies.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada released a statement announcing the investigation into OpenAI. Philippe Dufresne, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, made his comments in the statement. “AI technology and its effects on privacy is a priority for my Office. 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.”, he said.

The Canadian government’s investigation is focused on the firm’s compliance with Canadian data protection laws, its transparency and accountability practices. This investigation will also look into whether the firm’s use of personal data violates Canadian privacy regulations. The investigation is ongoing, and the government has not yet provided any further details about its findings. It has also not shared what actions it may take as a result.

This is part of a wider push by Canadian regulators to ensure companies operating locally comply with data protection regulations. It is also a reflection of the growing concern over the potential impact of AI on privacy rights. And is a reflection also on the need for greater transparency and accountability in the use of these technologies.

Also read: Canada ChatGPT investigation: Privacy officials to dig more

ChatGPT creator OpenAI makes many world governments jittery

With this move, Canada joins a growing list of world governments that are uncomfortable about AI models and their wider public use. Among the first actions, the Italian government’s privacy watchdog temporarily blocked ChatGPT chatbot activities within Italy. However, OpenAI was able to restore services in the country after discussions with the regulator.

During a recent announcement, Ulrich Kelber, the German commissioner for data protection, stated that Germany may consider following Italy’s recent ban on ChatGPT. Privacy watchdogs in France and Ireland have also expressed concerns and are working with Italy’s data regulator to understand the reasoning behind their ban. They are committed to working with the data protection authority of the European Union (EU) to develop a suitable response to the issue at hand.

Last week, the US President summoned a few heads of big tech firms delving in large-scale AI models. The CEOs of OpenAI (Sam Altman), Microsoft (Satya Nadella) and Google & Alphabet (Sundar Pichai) were present. As per the White House statement, the discussion focused on the significance of being able to assess, verify, and validate the safety, security, and effectiveness of AI systems; the necessity of ensuring AI systems are secure from malicious actors and attacks; and the necessity for companies to be more open with policymakers, the general public, and others about their AI systems.

Also read: Canadian Digital Regulators Forum: AI surge & data in focus


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