Italy Bans OpenAI’s ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

The Italian National Authority for Personal Data Protection has announced that Italy has banned OpenAI’s ChatGPT over privacy concerns.

Italy’s data protection authority has temporarily banned OpenAI’s ChatGPT over alleged privacy violations. The ban will remain in effect until OpenAI complies with the European Union’s privacy laws. 

In a statement, the Italian National Authority for Personal Data Protection said ChatGPT violated the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in multiple ways, including unlawfully processing people’s data and failing to prevent minors from accessing the AI chatbot. 

The Italian privacy regulator warned OpenAI it has 20 days to respond to the order or face fines: 

OpenAI, which does not have an office in the Union but has designated a representative in the European Economic Area, must communicate within 20 days the measures undertaken in implementation of what is requested by the Guarantor, under penalty of a fine of up to 20 million euros or up to 4% of the annual global turnover.

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