France: MP Eric Bothorel seized the CNIL and filed a complaint against the ChatGPT robot

The Breton deputy Eric Bothorel filed a complaint this Wednesday against ChatGPT with the CNIL for possible violations of the GDPR. AFP - DAVID NIVIERE

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MP Eric Bothorel, of the Renaissance group, filed a complaint Wednesday, April 12 against ChatGPT with the National Commission for Informatics and Liberties (CNIL), guardian of privacy, for possible violations of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), he announced on Twitter.


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This former socialist, keen on new technologies, has published screenshots of his exchanges with ChatGPT, which show that the chatbot makes many mistakes when asked about his profile. ChatGPT falsely claims that Eric Bothorel was born on November 20, 1961 in Morlaix (or January 2, 1975 in Guingamp), that he is mayor of Lannion or Saint-Brieuc, that he is elected in the 2nd constituency of Côtes-d'Armor, that he worked in journalism, at Orange, in the communication group Havas, or as a teacher.

In reality, Eric Bothorel was born on October 20, 1966 in Paimpol and has never been mayor. He is Member of Parliament for the 5th constituency of Côtes-d'Armor and was an executive in a subsidiary of General Electric. "Is it normal that what looks like a tool that processes personal data spreads erroneous data about our fellow citizens? It seems problematic to me," Bothorel told AFP. "I'm not saying haro on ChatGPT," he said.

Artificial intelligence that can produce false information

According to him, the CNIL must rule on the adequacy of current law to the evolution of artificial intelligence. ChatGPT appeared in November 2022 and quickly impressed with its ability to hold consistent exchanges and answer complex questions. But this type of artificial intelligence, called generative, only works by predicting plausible answers.

By the admission of its designer, the start-up OpenAI, it tends to produce false information, which could contravene the GDPR, which states that information about people must be "accurate".

Two complaints against ChatGPT have already been filed in France by lawyer Zoé Vilain and developer David Libeau. Around the world, several people have accused ChatGPT of inventing serious information about their account.

The robot is also the subject of a temporary block in Italy, and an investigation in Canada, still on the subject of personal data. In France, the Minister Delegate for Digital Affairs, Jean-Noël Barrot, said in early April that ChatGPT did not comply with the GDPR in his opinion, but that it should be better "supervised" rather than prohibited.

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