Software engineers sue OpenAI, Microsoft for violating personal privacy

Occurred: September 2023

OpenAI and Microsoft were sued by a product engineer and software engineer of illegally feeding their AI models with their personal information and professional expertise. 

The two anonymous plaintiffs claimed (pdf) that OpenAI used their personal information scraped from the internet to train its generative AI systems, including ChatGPT. They also accused OpenAI of stealing their 'skills and expertise' in order to make products that could 'someday result in [their] professional obsolescence.'

The engineers were seeking unspecified financial damages and demanding that OpenAI and Microsoft establish protective measures to prevent the improper use of private data. 

Operator: OpenAI; Microsoft
Developer: OpenAI; Microsoft
Country: USA
Sector: Technology
Purpose: Generate text
Issue: Privacy; Employment
Transparency: Governance