The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is expanding its investigation into OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. The Globe's Irene Galea writes that the OPC said in April that it was investigating Microsoft-backed OpenAI in response to a complaint that ChatGPT had collected and disclosed personal information without consent. On Thursday, the OPC said privacy commissioners in Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta will be part of the effort, and that the probe is being broadened beyond the initial complaint.
The commissioner's office said in a news release that the group will investigate whether OpenAI obtained the necessary consent for data use, whether it was adequately transparent about that use, and whether its use of any personal data was limited to purposes that were reasonable and appropriate. ChatGPT has gained hundreds of millions of users since being released to the public last winter. On Thursday morning, Microsoft, which has invested $10-billion (U.S.) in OpenAI, joined the calls for regulation. Canada is not the only country to have announced an investigation into ChatGPT. In April, Italy became the first Western country to ban the platform.
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