Announcement: Canadian Privacy Commissioners Investigating ChatGPT

May 25, 2023

The privacy authorities for Alberta, Canada, British Columbia and Québec will jointly investigate OpenAI, the artificial intelligence company operating ChatGPT.

The privacy authorities will investigate whether OpenAI:

  • Has obtained valid and meaningful consent for the collection, use and disclosure of the personal information of individuals based in Canada via ChatGPT
  • Has respected its obligations with respect to openness and transparency, access, accuracy and accountability
  • Has collected, used and/or disclosed personal information for purposes that a reasonable person would consider appropriate, reasonable or legitimate in the circumstances, and whether this collection is limited to information that is necessary for these purposes

The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia and the Commission d’accès à l’information du Québec will conduct the investigation and report publicly on their findings.

As this is an active investigation, no additional details are available.

Scott Sibbald
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner