As Italy prohibits the use of ChatGPT, a cutting-edge AI technology created by OpenAI, questions arise about the current state and future of AI. The move by the country in question raises ethical concerns and highlights the need for a larger conversation about the boundaries and implications of AI.
In a significant development, the Italian data protection watchdog has imposed a ban on the use of ChatGPT, an advanced AI tool created by OpenAI, until the tech company amends its data collection policies and takes necessary measures to protect user privacy.
The regulator accused OpenAI of violating data protection laws and engaging in illegal mass collection and storage of personal data to train the algorithms that power ChatGPT.
The watchdog highlighted the “absence of a legal basis that justifies the mass collection and storage of personal data, to ‘train’ the algorithms underlying the platform’s operation,” citing the risks of inaccurate processing of sensitive personal information.
Moreover, the regulator expressed concerns about the lack of a filter to determine a user’s age, as the minimum age for using ChatGPT is 13 years. This raises questions about the protection of minors’ personal data and their exposure to harmful content.
The watchdog has given OpenAI 20 days to respond to its concerns and address the issues raised. Failure to comply with the regulations could result in OpenAI facing a hefty fine of up to €20 million or up to 4% of its annual global turnover.
The ban imposed by Italy comes shortly after the recent data leak suffered by the large-language AI model. OpenAI announced that some users had access to another active user’s personal information, including their first and last name, email address, payment address, and partial credit card information.
Although full credit card numbers were not exposed at any time, this incident raised concerns about the security and privacy of user data on the platform.
This latest move by the Italian regulator highlights the growing concerns about AI technology’s impact on privacy and the need for strict regulations to protect users’ data.