OpenAI is in the spotlight in Italy and this is because ChatGPT has been accused of doing questionable data collection.
Italy was the first country in Europe to take action against ChatGPT and, in fact, the measure it has taken is one of the most drastic. On Friday, March 31, 2023, the use of ChatGPT is temporarily blocked. What is the motive behind this move? This temporary suspension comes due to data processing.
Yes, it has nothing to do with the rise of AI and the supposed dangers of Artificial Intelligence as claimed by some experts or personalities like Elon Musk. Italy has made the decision after indicating that Open AI carries out illegal data collection and, therefore, endangers the information of people who access ChatGPT.
This is not all, the ‘Garante per la protezione dei dati personali’ or GPDP by its acronym in Italian states that OpenAI does not have the necessary barriers to verify the age of users that make use of ChatGPT. The Italian Government has signed a contract with OpenAI and its ChatGPT application after it came to light that data from paid users was leaked.
The order that Italy has been sent to OpenAI to end the collection of data within the country and, therefore, to block access to information of people who use ChatGPT within its entire territory. Of course, this suspension is temporary and will have to be reviewed when the OpenAI investigation is finished.
Italy puts brakes on OpenAI and blocks data collection by ChatGPT
The decision to block ChatGPT also raises questions about the government’s role in regulating the technology. Should the government have the power to block or restrict access to technologies it deems dangerous or harmful? How can you ensure that these decisions do not limit innovation and technological progress?
As technology continues to advance, clear rules and regulations need to be put in place to ensure its beneficial and responsible use. Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve our lives in many ways, but it also carries risks that need to be adequately addressed.
In short, the Italian government’s decision to block ChatGPT highlights the importance of privacy and security in the use of artificial intelligence. Developers, regulators and users need to work together to ensure technology is used responsibly and for the common good.