Since the end of March 2023, OpenAI’s ChatGPT has been banned in Italy. This Friday (28) we have the news that the chatbot service has been restored in a European country after the privacy concerns raised by the Italian Data Protection Authority (GPDP) have been resolved.
After ChatGPT was banned in Italy, OpenAI began a long process of restoring the trust of the Italian government. In a press release, the company stated: “ChatGPT is back available to our users in Italy. We are very happy to welcome you again and remain committed to protecting your privacy.” A the company had until April 30 to submit decisions to the questions of the Italian federal agency whether it wants to return to work in the country.
ChatGPT accused of illegal data collection
In March, the GPDP accused ChatGPT of illegally collecting user data and failing to prevent minors from accessing inappropriate material. The company had until April 30 to resolve the issues presented by the Italian federal agency if it wanted to return to work in the country. In a statement to The Verge, the company claims it has taken the necessary steps to address the concerns raised by the Italian data protection authority.
Users from the European Union now have a new form to delete personal data in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation. Besides The tool also started checking the age of users to avoid problems with displaying content inappropriate for minors. The GPDP states that it is satisfied with the measures taken by OpenAI and “commends the measures implemented by OpenAI”.
The news does not fundamentally change the performance of the chatbot, but represents an important victory for OpenAI. Spain, Canada and the US are also moving towards AI regulation, and the US Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice have already said they don’t need new laws to legally punish AI companies.
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