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ChatGPT Faces Investigation by Canadian Privacy Commissioner

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The Canadian Privacy Commissioner has launched an investigation into OpenAI, the company behind the AI chatbot, ChatGPT, following a complaint regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information without consent.

  • This investigation follows a series of recent moves by the federal government and members of the AI research community in regulating the development and deployment of the technology.
  • This comes as part of a global crackdown on the mass adoption of ChatGPT, with China banning access to it in February, and Italy’s privacy regulator ordering a ban in March. In addition, France and Ireland have reportedly reached out to Italy to learn more about the basis of the ban, and Germany may follow suit. The investigation follows last year’s Bill C-27, Canada’s first law regulating high-impact AI systems.

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  • The March open letter from a number of leaders in the AI space called for a six-month pause on advanced AI, specifically on training systems that are more powerful than GPT-4, as the next iteration of Open AI’s ChatGPT (GPT-5) is rumoured to be released by the end of this year.

“The speed at which it’s moving is outpacing our ability to make sense of it, know what risks it poses, and our ability to mitigate those risks,” said Emilia Javorsky, director of multistakeholder engagements at the Future of Life institute, in relation to the open letter. “Six months gives us the time to create governance around it and to understand it better. It buys us time for those conversations, risk analyses and risk mitigation efforts.”

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