OpenAI’s ChatGPT violates privacy regulations, says Italian watchdog

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OpenAI's ChatGPT violates privacy regulations, says Italian watchdog
OpenAI's ChatGPT violates privacy regulations, says Italian watchdog

The Italian data protection office has told OpenAI that their artificial intelligence chatbot program ChatGPT violates data protection regulations, the watchdog revealed as it continues an investigation that began last year.

Italy’s data protection office has informed OpenAI that their artificial intelligence chatbot program ChatGPT violates data protection standards, the watchdog announced on Monday, as it continues an inquiry launched last year.

Garante is one of the European Union’s most proactive agencies in reviewing AI platform compliance with the bloc’s data protection regulations. ChatGPT was banned last year for allegedly violating European Union (EU) privacy standards.

The service was reactivated after OpenAI addressed concerns about, among other things, users’ right not to consent to the usage of personal data to train algorithms.

At the time, the regulator stated that it would continue its investigations. It has since been concluded that components point to one or more probable data privacy violations, according to a statement that provided no further details.

In an e-mailed comment, OpenAI stated that it believes its procedures are in line with EU privacy legislation. “We actively work to reduce personal data in training our systems like ChatGPT,” according to the statement, adding that it “plans to continue to work constructively with the Garante.”.

On Monday, the Garante claimed Microsoft (MSFT.O) created a new tab-based OpenAI with 30 days to provide defense arguments, and its probe will include work done by a European task group comprised of state privacy watchdogs.

Italy was the first Western European country to prohibit ChatGPT, whose fast growth has piqued the interest of lawmakers and authorities.

Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which went into effect in 2018, any corporation that violates the guidelines faces fines of up to 4% of its global sales.

In December, EU lawmakers and governments agreed on preliminary terms for regulating AI systems such as ChatGPT, taking a step closer to establishing laws to oversee the technology.

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