ChatGPT Banned in Italy

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Italy becomes the first western country to ban ChatGPT over privacy concerns.

Italy’s data protection authority has issued a temporary ban on the use of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, stating that the chatbot has improperly collected and stored information. This move has accelerated the efforts of policy makers to roll out new regulations around the use of AI. OpenAI has responded by disabling ChatGPT in Italy and stated that it believes it complies with privacy laws in Europe. The company hopes to make the chatbot available again in Italy soon, and has acknowledged the need for AI regulation.

The Italian regulator has opened an inquiry into OpenAI and given the company 20 days to demonstrate what steps it is taking to comply with European Union privacy rules or risk facing fines of up to 4% of its global annual revenue, or the equivalent of $21.8 million. The regulator has also highlighted the absence of a system to verify the age of ChatGPT users and prevent children under the age of 13 from using the chatbot.

OpenAI may need to add age checks, update its privacy policies, and provide users with more detailed information about how their information will be used in order to comply with the regulator’s demands. However, a more complicated dispute may arise if the regulator insists that OpenAI remove information about identifiable people in Italy from its training data or allow individuals to object to their inclusion, as ChatGPT is trained on billions of documents from across the internet.

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The use of AI tools, particularly chatbots, is facing increased scrutiny. Earlier this week, a group of AI researchers and tech executives called for a six-month moratorium on the training of the next generation of AI tools to allow time for the industry to establish safety standards.

Privacy concerns have been a hot topic in the tech industry for many years. Tech companies having so much access to user data could present potential risk.

This has also prompted concerns across the AI industry and fears about what this could mean for similar competitors of ChatGPT.

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