OpenAI, the Microsoft-backed startup behind ChatGPT, has been warned by Japan's data protection authority, the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC), not to collect sensitive personal data without people's permission. The PIPC has advised OpenAI to minimise the sensitive data it collects for machine learning and has stated that further action may be taken if necessary. The use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) has become a topic of concern for regulators worldwide, as it has the potential to create text and images that can have a significant impact, comparable to the arrival of the internet.
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