The use of ChatGPT raises many questions in several areas.
Privacy authorities in Canada, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta announce that they will jointly investigate OpenAI, the American company behind ChatGPT, a chatbot with artificial intelligence.
In April, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada had already opened an investigation into the company, following a complaint that personal information was collected, used and disclosed without consent.
Since artificial intelligence has a wide scope, its impact on privacy is significant and it affects all Canadians, the four authorities have decided to jointly investigate this case, they said in a statement released Thursday.
This collaboration will allow the four entities to pool their resources and expertise in order to more effectively enforce privacy laws, the statement continues.
The investigation will determine whether OpenAI:
- has obtained meaningful consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information of individuals based in Canada through ChatGPT;
- has met its obligations with respect to transparency, access, accuracy of information and accountability;
- has collected, used or disclosed personal information for purposes that are acceptable, reasonable or legitimate in the circumstances, and whether such collection is limited to the information necessary for those purposes.
The statement clarified that each authority will investigate compliance with the law within its jurisdiction and that no further details can be provided at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.
< p class="e-p">ChatGPT, launched last November, uses written information already available on the Internet to provide detailed, conversational answers to user queries. This technology has been used so far to produce a variety of documents and responses, ranging from computer codes to movie scripts. However, concerns have been raised about plagiarism and misinformation.