OpenAI under the Japanese watchdog’s scrutiny over data collection


A Japanese privacy watchdog has issued a warning to OpenAI over the collection of sensitive data without individuals’ permission.

This development follows OpenAI’s CEO, Sam Altman’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in April, where an expansion of OpenAI services in Japan was discussed.

This news comes on the heels of the recent G7 meeting in Japan, where the “Hiroshima AI process” intergovernmental forum was established. In the light of the increasing global focus on regulating AI technologies, the Commission has urged OpenAI to minimise the amount of sensitive data it collects for machine learning purposes. The regulator also intimated that it might take further actions if more concerns arise.

Global regulators are voicing concerns over generative AI technologies. The EU Parliament, in its AI Act, has introduced stricter rules, classifying AI technologies like ChatGPT as high-risk. These rules demand more transparency from the creators of such technology. Similarly, in the US, President Biden has expressed concerns over the rapid adoption of AI.

Earlier this year, OpenAI was told that ChatGPT could be allowed to return to Italy if the company complies with privacy rules underlined by the Italian data protection authority Garante.

According to Associated Press, the Italian watchdog had imposed a temporary ban on the software over privacy worries.

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