Bold & Daily: Italy bans ChatGPT due to possible privacy threats

The platform from OpenAI, had its activities suspended under data protection law in force in the European Union after it became suspected of disclosing the personal information of users of the premium version. Other countries outside the West have already suspended AI’s functions.

ChatGPT from OpenAI is banned from italy
ChatGPT is the AI developed by OpenAI.

ChatGPT, artificial intelligence from technology company OpenAI, has been barred from operating in Italy on April 31, 2023.

ChatGPT was banned in Italy after a check operated by the country’s Data Protection Agency found flaws in the protection of personal information of premium version chatbot users. The same agency, according to The Guardian, revealed on March 20 that the artificial intelligence had a bug responsible for leaking data such as users’ names, email addresses, and banking information, such as the number of the credit card used in the purchase transaction.

ChatGPT browser interface

If OpenAI refuses to make the necessary updates to ensure the integrity of user data within 20 days, the Italian agency will levy a fine of €20M. One of the allegations for the content of the action is the lack of specific regulations to coordinate the use of AI.

Discussions have already been raised about whether or not there are risks involved in using ChatGPT. Users have already pointed out that the chatbot emits false answers and misinformation in some cases. ChatGPT is estimated to have reached 100M monthly active users in January, just two months after its launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer app in history, according to a study published in February.

ChatGPT has already been banned in countries such as China, Russia, Iran, and parts of Africa by the developer itself. Recently, the non-profit organization Future of Life Institute released an open letter with more than 2M signatures calling for a halt to the development of artificial intelligence like ChatGPT-4.

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