The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada announced on Tuesday that it will launch an investigation into the company behind ChatGPT, as more voices call for more regulation of artificial intelligence (AI).
The investigation into US firm OpenAI was “initiated following complaints that personal information was collected, used and disclosed without consent,” the government body said.
Lockdown in Italy
Launched in November, OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot uses information available online to answer users’ questions in detail. “We must keep up with the rapid evolution of technological advances and stay ahead of the game,” Canada’s Privacy Commissioner Philippe Dufresne said in a statement.
Since its inception, ChatGPT has been taken by storm with users impressed by its ability to clearly answer difficult questions, write sonnets or write computer code.
Funded by computer giant Microsoft and including it in many of its services, it is sometimes presented as a potential competitor to the Google search engine. On Friday, Italy became the first Western country to ban ChatGPT over data usage concerns.
Concerns about AI
AI poses much deeper concerns than the use of personal data and the EU is currently preparing a draft regulation that could be finalized a few years from now as early as 2024.
European police agency Europol recently warned that criminals are ready to use artificial intelligence such as chatbots to commit fraud and other cybercrimes.
Last week, billionaire Elon Musk — one of the founders of OpenAI — has since stepped down. Based on ChatGPT, which was launched in mid-March, it was cited as “great dangers to humanity”.