Japanese watchdog issues privacy warning to OpenAI

The Personal Information Protection Commission, Japan’s privacy watchdog, has told OpenAI not to gather sensitive data from users of ChatGPT without their permission.

The commission said that OpenAI should limit the amount of information it collects for machine learning, adding that it may make take action if it has further concerns, according to a report by Reuters.

National Technology News has contacted the Personal Information Protection Commission for comment.

Many organisations have voiced concern over artificial intelligence (AI) and large language models such as ChatGPT.

Chief executives from technology companies including Microsoft and Google were summoned to the White House to talk about issues surrounding AI. They met with vice president Kamala Harris to discuss concerns about the AI industry including privacy issues, bias and misinformation.

Last month, the Italian data protection regulator Garanta said it will investigate AI platforms after temporarily banning OpenAI’s ChatGPT over privacy concerns.

Elsewhere, the data protection chief of Ireland has called on lawmakers not to rush in regards to regulating generative AI technologies such as OpenAi’s ChatGPT. Helen Dixon, the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) for Ireland, said that while AI does require oversight, lawmakers across the world should be focused on “figuring out how to regulate it properly,” and avoid creating laws that “really aren’t going to stand up.”

The European Commission proposed legislation for AI last year, but some do not think it is stringent enough. Around 42 German organisations representing more than 140,000 creative workers have stated they want tougher protection over copyright from ChatGPT and said that the technology needs to be “at the centre of meaningful AI market regulation.”

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