Japanese authorities have begun to toughen their stance towards artificial intelligence (AI) after the country’s local privacy watchdog warned ChatGPT’s parent company about its data collection methods.
On June 2, Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission issued a statement asking OpenAI to minimize the sensitive data it collects for machine learning purposes. Also, he stresses not to do it without people’s permission.
The Commission also highlighted the need to balance their concern for privacy with a margin to encourage innovation and the potential benefits of AI.
However, he warned that is willing to take further action if additional problems arise.
These remarks come shortly after the Japanese government presented a draft of its AI strategy advice on May 26, which raised concerns about the lack of regulation on AI and the risks it poses to society.
Japanese lawmaker Takashi Kii said he would also start pushing for regulations that protect copyright holders from infringement by AI algorithms.
In March, ChatGPT was temporarily blocked in Italy following the evaluation of its security protocols by Italian regulators. This caused uncertainty for regulators around the world, who launched investigations into the technology in several countries.
At the time, Japanese regulators expressed their support for OpenAI. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno went so far as to say that Japan would explore the possibility of incorporating AI technology into government systems.
However, Matsuno adds that AI integration will only be possible if privacy and security concerns are properly addressed.
A survey conducted on April 30 revealed that 69.4% of the Japanese surveyed would like to see stricter regulations for AI development. According to data From Simliarweb, Japan ranks third in traffic to the OpenAI website.
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