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Canada is investigating the issue of confidentiality at OpenAI

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Privacy regulators in Canada have launched a joint investigation into the data collection and usage practices of OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT. 

Reuters reported on this development.

The investigation is being conducted by the federal privacy regulator along with divisions in Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. Regulators are seeking to determine whether OpenAI obtained consent for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information through ChatGPT.

"As it is an active investigation, no further details are available," the regulator's office stated.

The launch of the ChatGPT chatbot has sparked a race in artificial intelligence among technology giants such as Alphabet and Meta, putting governments in a challenging position as they consider laws to regulate the use of this new technology.

The Canadian investigation will also examine whether the company is fulfilling its obligations regarding openness and transparency, access, accuracy, and accountability.

It was previously reported that the CEOs of technology giants Google, Microsoft, and OpenAI were invited to the White House to discuss artificial intelligence safety.

It has also been revealed that OpenAI's competitor, the startup Anthropic, has raised $450 million in investments, including funding from Google and Spark Capital. The total funding for Anthropic has reached nearly $1 billion, making it one of the best-funded startups in the field of artificial intelligence.

Anthropic was founded by former executives of OpenAI. The company claims that its AI systems are safe because they will not instruct users on creating weapons or use language with racial bias.

The models proposed by the startup, called Claude, are considered the main competitors to OpenAI's GPT-4. They represent the next wave of artificial intelligence, trained on massive amounts of data that can be used for various tasks with minimal fine-tuning, rather than for specific tasks.

Other investors in this project include Salesforce and Sound Ventures, as well as the video conferencing service Zoom, which plans to integrate artificial intelligence into its platform.

The company has not disclosed its valuation, but sources estimate it to be nearly $5 billion.

As The Gaze previously reported, leaders of the G7, which includes the United States, the European Union and Japan, agreed last week to set up an intergovernmental forum called the Hiroshima AI Process. There, they will discuss the rapid development of AI tools.



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