Breaking News: New class action against OpenAI over privacy violations
"The massive, unparalleled collection and tracking of users’ personal information by Defendants endangers individuals’ privacy and security to an incalculable degree. This information can be exploited and used to perpetrate identity theft, financial fraud, extortion, and other malicious purposes. It can also be employed to target vulnerable individuals with predatory advertising, algorithmic discrimination, and other unethical and harmful acts." (page 47)
"Given ChatGPT’s ability to generate human-like understanding and responses, there is a high likelihood that users might share (and already are sharing) their private health information while interacting with the model, by asking health-related questions or discussing their medical history, symptoms, or conditions. Moreover, this information can be logged and reviewed as part of ongoing efforts to “train,” improve and monitor each model’s performance." (page 49)
"Compounding this massive invasion of privacy, OpenAI offers no effective procedures at this time for individuals to request for their information/training data to be deleted. Instead, OpenAI simply provides an email address that consumers can contact if they would like to have their information removed. But this “option” is illusory. Regardless of whether individuals can technically request for ChatGPT to remove their data, it is not possible to do so completely, because Defendants train ChatGPT on individual inputs, personal information, and other user and nonuser data, which Defendants cannot reliably and fully extract from its trained AI systems any more than a person can “unlearn” the math they learned in sixth grade" (page 50)
- the class action mentions scraping, children's privacy, the right to be forgotten, consent, bias, misinformation, and more; - I especially recommend reading the section "Overview of Risks" - starting on page 47; - It was filed yesterday (June 28th) by Clarkson Law Firm in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California; - Microsoft was also named as a defendant;
A new chapter in the intersection between privacy & AI has begun - waiting to read the opinion of the Court in this case.
Watch this space - a fascinating battle will possible take place.