ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns

ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns
ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns

ChatGPT’s parent company OpenAI has been accused by Italy’s data protection authority of ‘unlayfully collecting personal data from users’

ChatGPT, which was launched in November 2022, is now being used by the entire world. The AI chatbot, ever since its launch, has been used for various purposes including writing essays, generating ideas for video content, and composing poetry, among others. Some people had a gala time using the chatbot’s impressive abilities, and some have been concerned about its negative implications. And now, because of privacy concerns, Italy has become the first country in the world to ban ChatGPT.

Italy has placed a temporary ban on ChatGPT citing safety concerns. ChatGPT’s parent company OpenAI has been accused by Italy’s data protection authority of ‘unlayfully collecting personal data from users’. Also, ChatGPT’s data breach that dates back to March 20 has been cited by the Italian government’s watchdog. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman had acknowledged the breach.

Further, ChatGPT has been accused by Italy’s data protection authority of not having a proper age-verification system in place that could expose minors to ‘illicit material’. ChatGPT is meant for people above 13 years of age. However, the Italian regulatories pointed out that there was no way of checking the user’s age.

OpenAI, as a result, has been told to block ChatGPT in Italy until the company is in a position to give ‘additional information’ about these concerns. The company has been given 20 days to show the material and the ‘possible remedies’ before the Italian government makes a final decision about the fate of the AI chatbot in the country.

In Italy, regulators have told OpenAI to block internet users in the country from gaining access to ChatGPT until the company turns over additional information.

The report adds that OpenAI has 20 days to ‘provide the agency with the materials and possible remedies’ before a final decision can be made about the future of the product in the country.

As per media reports, OpenAI was quoted as saying that they actively work to ‘reduce personal data in training their AI systems like ChatGPT because they want their AI to learn about the world, not about private individuals’.

“We also believe that A.I. regulation is necessary,” the company added.

OpenAI’s CEO Sam Altman also reacted to the ban via Twitter and called Italy one of his favourite countries in the world. He wrote, “We of course defer to the Italian government and have ceased offering ChatGPT in Italy (though we think we are following all privacy laws). Italy is one of my favorite countries and I look forward to visiting again soon.”

Recently, in an interview, Sam Altman said that the type of job that can be ‘massively impacted’ by ChatGPT is customer service.

He said, “I’m trying to think of like a big category that I believe can be massively impacted. I guess I would say customer service is a category that I could see there are just way fewer jobs relatively soon.”

Earlier, in an interview, Sam Altman had talked about the possibility of AI replacing some human jobs. He had added that he was worried about ‘how quickly’ the change would come. However, the CEO also said that human beings have ‘limitless’ creativity and will find new things to do eventually.

“I think over a couple of generations, humanity has proven that it can adapt wonderfully to major technological shifts. But if this happens in a single-digit number of years, some of these shifts … That is the part I worry about the most,” he said in the interview. “Human creativity is limitless, and we find new jobs. We find new things to do,” the young CEO added.

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