Japanese regulators have issued a warning to artificial intelligence (AI) firm OpenAI, urging it to minimize data collection for machine learning purposes and to obtain user consent for any data collected. This announcement comes with growing concerns over the potential risks and lack of regulations for AI, as well as its impact on society. Acknowledging the potential benefits of AI, such as driving innovation, Japan’s Personal Information Protection Commission has expressed its willingness to take further action if necessary.
Coincidentally, the Japanese government submitted a draft of its AI strategy council on May 26, raising concerns over regulation and the societal risks posed by AI technologies. In response, Japanese lawmaker Takashi Kii began advocating for regulations that protect copyright holders from AI algorithm infringement.
This scrutinizing approach arises after OpenAI’s ChatGPT was banned from Italy following intense examination of its security protocols by Italian regulators. This decision caused ripples of uncertainty among global regulators, who similarly began investigating the technology. However, Japan had previously shown support for OpenAI, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno stating that the country would consider incorporating AI technology into government systems if privacy and security issues were suitably addressed.
A recent poll revealed that 69.4% of surveyed Japanese citizens would like stricter regulations in place for AI development. In contrast, data from Similarweb indicates that Japan is the third-largest source of traffic to OpenAI’s website. With concerns mounting over security and data privacy, the future of AI technology and its regulations hangs in the balance as authorities worldwide grapple with striking the right balance between privacy and innovation.