On Friday, Japan’s privacy agency cautioned OpenAI, the Microsoft-backed (MSFT.O) startup behind ChatGPT, not to collect sensitive data without consent.
In a statement, the Personal Information Protection Commission advised OpenAI to reduce the sensitive data it collects for machine learning.
Global regulators are hurrying to set guidelines for generative artificial intelligence (AI), which can create text and images and is compared to the internet.
As its population declines, Japan has more motivation to keep up with breakthroughs in AI and robotics to preserve productivity.
The watchdog advised balancing privacy issues with generative AI’s ability to accelerate innovation and address climate change.
Similarweb says Japan is OpenAI’s third-biggest traffic source.
Before the G7 leaders summit, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman met with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss expanding into Japan.
The EU, a tech regulation leader, created a ChatGPT taskforce and is developing the first AI regulations.
The fast adoption of chatbots has forced authorities to use existing standards to fill the gap.
Italian regulator Garante ordered ChatGPT to be kept offline before the company agreed to include age verification elements, enabling European users to opt out of training the system.
Last week, Altman denied that OpenAI would leave Europe if EU standards were too tough to comply with.