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Canada federal and provincial privacy authorities investigate ChatGPT use of personal information

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The Workplace of the Privateness Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced Thursday that it’ll collectively examine OpenAI, the corporate behind the substitute intelligence chatbot “ChatGPT,” with provincial privateness authorities in British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec.

On the Worldwide Affiliation of Privateness Professionals Canada Privateness Symposium 2023, federal Privateness Commissioner Philippe Dufresne said “[the OPC] will probably be investigating whether or not OpenAI’s practices adjust to Canadian privateness legislation in relation to consent, openness and transparency, entry, accuracy, and accountability, together with whether or not the group is gathering, utilizing and disclosing private data for an acceptable objective.”

On the idea of privateness, Dufresne said:

Treating privateness as a basic proper means treating it as a precedence, and it means, in clear circumstances of battle with personal and public curiosity, privateness ought to prevail. Privateness supporting the general public curiosity in Canada’s innovation means it’s not a zero-sum recreation between privateness rights and private and non-private pursuits. We will have each, and Canadians need to have each.

The OPC initially launched an investigation into OpenAI on April 4, 2023 in response to a grievance claiming the corporate collected, used and disclosed private data with out consent. Nonetheless, the OPC has determined to collaborate with provincial privateness authorities to collectively examine the matter given the numerous privateness implications of AI-powered ChatGPT on Canadians’ privateness rights.

As a part of the continued investigation, the privateness regulators will decide whether or not OpenAI obtained “legitimate and significant consent” earlier than gathering, utilizing and disclosing Canadians’ private data via ChatGPT, and whether or not OpenAI adhered to the rules of openness, transparency, entry, accuracy, and accountability in its information assortment practices, amongst different issues.

This isn’t the primary time ChatGPT has come beneath scrutiny for privateness considerations. For instance, simply final month, Italy briefly banned the AI know-how after the nation’s information safety regulator launched a probe into ChatGPT’s suspected breach of privateness legal guidelines, specifically the European Union’s Normal Knowledge Safety Regulation. The ban was later lifted as soon as OpenAI addressed the privateness points raised.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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