In April, Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner had already opened an investigation into the company, based on allegations that it collected, used and disclosed personal data without consent.
Given the breadth of artificial intelligence, its importance to privacy and the fact that it affects all Canadians, the four authorities have decided to jointly investigate this case, the authorities said in a press release on Thursday, May 25.
This collaboration allows the four entities to draw on their resources and knowledge to more effectively enforce privacy laws, the statement continued.
The investigation will ask whether OpenAI has obtained valid consent for the collection, use and disclosure of personal information from people in Canada through ChatGPT.
According to many scientists and researchers, artificial intelligence should be properly adapted.
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It should also seek to determine if the OpenAI company has complied with its obligations of transparency, access, accuracy and accountability, and if the personal information collected, used or disclosed for purposes that are acceptable, reasonable or lawful under the circumstances, and if such collection is limited to information necessary for said purposes.
The press release stated that each law enforcement authority under their jurisdiction is investigating compliance, and no further details can be provided at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.
The artificial intelligence robot, ChatGPT, launched last November, uses written information already available on the internet to search for answers and conversations of users.
Until now, this technology has been used to produce various documents and responses from computer codes to movie scripts. However, issues of plagiarism and misinformation have arisen.