ChatGPT can return to Italy if OpenAI complies with privacy rules, states watchdog


ChatGPT could be allowed to return to Italy if OpenAi, its maker, complies with privacy rules underlined by the Italian data protection authority Garante.

According to Associated Press, the Italian watchdog had imposed a temporary ban on the software over privacy worries.

The Italian data protection authority on Wednesday outlined a raft of requirements that OpenAI will have to satisfy by April 30 for the ban on AI chatbot to be lifted.

Garante last month ordered the company to temporarily stop processing Italian users’ personal information while it investigated a possible data breach. The authority said it didn’t want to hamper AI’s development but emphasized the importance of following the European Union’s strict data privacy rules.

OpenAI welcomes the move. It said, “We are happy that the Italian Garante is reconsidering their decision and we look forward to working with them to make ChatGPT available to our customers in Italy again soon,”

Under Italy’s measures, OpenAI must post information on its website about how and why it processes the personal information of both users and non-users, as well as provide the option to correct or delete that data.

The company will also have to rely on consent or ‘legitimate interest’ to use personal data to train ChatGPT’s algorithms, the watchdog said.

Garante had questioned whether there’s a legal basis for OpenAI to collect massive amounts of data used to teach ChatGPT’s algorithms and raised concerns the system could sometimes generate false information about individuals.

OpenAI also will have to carry out a publicity campaign by May 15 through radio and TV, newspapers and the internet to inform people about how it uses their personal data for training algorithms.

Furthermore, there will be a requirement to verify users’ ages and set up a system to filter out those who are under 13 and teens between 13 and 18 who don’t have parental consent.

SteelEye, which claims to be the first and only integrated surveillance solution, recently integrated ChatGPT into its compliance platform.

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