French data protection watchdog CNIL reportedly investigating complaints about ChatGPT

    Italy’s ban on ChatGPT has prompted several other authorities across the globe to investigate the impact and potential damage that such AI platforms could cause.

    Looks like scrutiny on ChatGPT is growing deeper with a report now highlighting that the French data protection agency Commission Nationale Informatique & Libertés, or CNIL, is investigating complaints about OpenAI’s artificial intelligence platform. The move follows Italy’s temporary ban on ChatGPT due to privacy concerns.

    “The CNIL has received several complaints about ChatGPT and is investigating them,” the French agency told Reuters. Last month, some users complained of a bug on the ChatGPT that let users see the chat titles of other users. Although the company later announced it has fixed the bug, the problem cost the company in a manner that its AI chatbot got temporarily banned from Italy last month.

    The Italian authorities further said that the OpenAI chatbot lacks a sound legal framework for gathering personal information from users, which the system uses to train its algorithms. This prompted several other authorities across the globe to investigate the impact and potential damage that such AI platforms could cause.

    Last week, a German commissioner told the Handelsblatt newspaper that Germany could also follow Italy’s footsteps of blocking OpenAI’s widely popular chatbot and requested further information from Italy about the matter. Yesterday, Spain also joined the growing list of countries that are investigating the impact of AI platforms. Reportedly Spain’s data protection agency also asked the European Union’s privacy watchdog to evaluate privacy concerns surrounding ChatGPT. The United States is also beginning to study the rules to regulate AI platforms like ChatGPT.

    ChatGPT has taken the world by storm since its launch in November and intensified the AI race with several big players like Google and Baidu gearing up to emulate the success of OpenAI chatbot. Short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, ChatGPT is a popular AI text generator and has been a center of attention for many due to its human-like response. OpenAI, the parent of the AI-based text generator, has a “multimillion-dollar investment” by American tech major Microsoft.

    Elsewhere, OpenAI announced on Tuesday to pay users a maximum reward of up to $20,000 for reporting bugs in its systems. The OpenAI bug bounty program has been listed on Bugcrowd, a crowdsourced security platform, and the company announced offering $200-$6500 per vulnerability.


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    Monika Asthana




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