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OpenAI: US consumer protection agency to investigate, Italy blocks ChatGPT

The Federal Trade Commission has been asked to investigate OpenAI for GPT-4. Italy has ChatGPT blocked due to privacy concerns.

A non-profit research organization has asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is responsible for competition law and consumer protection in the USA, to open an investigation into OpenAI. The Center for AI and Digital Policy filed an official complaint this week. The central allegation therein is that OpenAI’s launch of GPT-4 violates U.S. trade law. The product deceives and endangers people, is biased and poses a risk to private life as well as public safety, he said.

In the 46-page document, the Policy Center calls on federal agency officials to investigate and, if necessary, subject OpenAI-created generative AI systems to regulation; the letter is available for public review. The Federal Trade Commission addressed therein is an independently operating federal agency headquartered in Washington, D.C. Its powers extend beyond the duties of a competition authority in that it also regulates consumer protection in the United States.

In the case of direct complaints from consumers, organizations or companies, the authority takes action against individual companies. It may also intervene in response to congressional inquiries or after publications in the media. The purpose of the Authority is to ensure the functioning of a competitive market and to counter unfair or deceptive anti-competitive practices.

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