So, get this, OpenAI is in some hot water. They’re facing a lawsuit that claims their ChatGPT language model is actually violating European privacy laws. Yeah, you heard it right.
This complaint was filed in Poland by this independent cybersecurity researcher named Lukasz Olejnik. And he’s saying that this tool from OpenAI, it’s violating a bunch of provisions under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR for short. We’re talking about stuff like lawful basis, transparency, fairness, data access rights, and privacy by design. Olejnik ain’t messing around, he’s going straight for the jugular.
According to Olejnik, he created a biography of himself using ChatGPT, but it turned out to be full of errors. So, he did what any person would do and requested to see the data that OpenAI had on him and how they processed it. But guess what? Big chunks of information were missing and OpenAI straight-up refused to fix their mistakes. That’s a big no-no under GDPR.
But here’s the thing, Olejnik believes that it’s possible to find a balance between this technology and data protection and human rights. He thinks that the industry just needs to step up and start figuring out how to do it right. And I gotta say, he’s got a point. We need guidelines here, people. It’s time to start that conversation now.
And you know what’s crazy? This isn’t even the first time OpenAI has been accused of being lax with GDPR. Italy already temporarily banned ChatGPT over similar concerns. And Germany, France, Spain, they’re all doing their own investigations. Even Canada is digging into potential infringements of its own data protection laws. This ain’t a good look for OpenAI.
But wait, there’s more! Over in the good ol’ US of A, authors like Sarah Silverman, Christopher Golden, and Richard Kadrey are also suing OpenAI. Why? Well, they claim that ChatGPT was trained on their copyrighted work without permission. Ouch!
Now, Olejnik’s case has been filed by the law firm GB Partners. And they’re feeling pretty confident about it. They want OpenAI to show that they’re actually compliant with GDPR, and if they weren’t even thinking about compliance, they better start now. It’s time to get this whole thing sorted out, folks.
We reached out to OpenAI for a comment, but they ain’t saying nothing yet. We’ll keep you posted on how this whole situation unfolds. Stay tuned.
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