ChatGPT maker Open AI hit with class-action lawsuit over alleged data theft

Open AI Sued for Harvesting User Data

Open AI, the creator of the widely-used chatbot ChatGPT, an AI tool for natural language processing, is being sued in California in a class-action lawsuit for supposedly harvesting personal user data from the web.

A legal action was brought forth in a federal court located in the northern region of California on Wednesday morning by the Clarkson law firm. The lawsuit claims that Open AI trained its ChatGPT model by utilizing data taken from millions of social media posts, blog entries, Wikipedia passages, and family recipes without the permission of the people who created them. This, according to the suit, would be a breach of copyright and privacy of numerous netizens.

The sixteen people who initiated the case alleged that Open AI unlawfully obtained personal data from individuals using ChatGPT. Should these accusations be validated, Open AI would be in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a law that has been applied in prior web scraping proceedings. Microsoft, one of Open AI’s major investors, was also named in the lawsuit. At the time of writing, Open AI had not responded to Cointelegraph’s requests for comment.

The lawsuit further alleged that OpenAI products “utilize stolen private information, including personally identifiable information, from hundreds of millions of internet users, including children of all ages, without their informed consent or knowledge.”

Regulations for Artificial Intelligence

AI technology has experienced a surge in interest over the past 12 months due to the immense success of ChatGPT. This increase in the prominence of AI tech has prompted governments around the globe to respond, with the US and Europe already introducing regulations for the emerging sector.

The US Vice President convened a meeting of leading tech CEOs to address the potential perils of Artificial Intelligence.

On the twentieth of June, a group of politicians from both sides of the aisle in the United States presented the National AI Commission Act, a proposal focused on creating a committee to analyze the nation’s stance on AI. In a similar vein, the European Parliament endorsed the EU AI Act in the middle of June. This law would create a structure for the supervision and control of the AI sector in the European Union.

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