Italy blocks ChatGPT “with immediate effect” after breaching data protection laws
Italian agencies have launched an investigation into the chatbot in reference to its problems, with a block scheduled for Saturday.
No doubt, generative artificial intelligence models such as GPT-4 and ChatGPT have resulted in a tremendous technological revolution that has affected Spain and the rest of the world. We are talking about tools that have achieved 10 million daily users in less than 40 days and easily exceeded 100 million monthly users.
Now Italy has decided to completely block ChatGPT, claiming that does not respect the consumer data protection law.
As reported by Reuters, the Italian data protection agency has opened an investigation into the OpenAI chatbot for an alleged violation of the AI app’s data collection rules. It has come to accuse the tool of not verifying the age of its users, even though its use is intended for people over 13 years of age.
Therefore, Italy has ordered the blocking “with immediate effect” of ChatGPT in the country this Friday. The block maintained until ChatGPT “does not respect the corresponding privacy discipline”, highlighting along the way the “lack of information to users and all interested parties from whom OpenAI collects data”.
ChatGPT, blocked in Italy
The program has received severe condemnation from the Italian agency for the Protection of Personal Data because ChatGPT has “a legal foundation that permits the acquisition and large storage of personal data,” according to the agency. In contrast, he notes that the chatbot’s data isn’t always accurate, which might result in problems with false information, as we’ve seen in the past.
Although the service is intended for users above the age of 13, Italy criticizes the complete lack of age verification filters for users, describing how infants are exposed to “completely inappropriate comments” regarding their “levels of development and awareness.” The ban, which will begin this coming Saturday, will be temporary, according to a representative for the Data Protection Authority. “we anticipate the service will be blocked “From Saturday.”
As if that were not enough, the agency has reported that this chatbot suffered an alleged security breach on 20 March through which some could see unknown conversations, causing data loss. All these reasons have led to the action of Italy to block the use of ChatGPT at the moment.
This blockade comes just a couple of days after AI experts and technology managers such as Elon Musk or Steve Wozniak asked to stop the development of large artificial intelligence projects, alluding to “deep risks for society and humanity.”