The Italian Data Protection Authority has announced a ban on the use of ChatGPT, a widely-used artificial intelligence tool developed by OpenAI and backed by Microsoft. The ban comes in response to concerns that the application violates users’ privacy, specifically relating to conversations and payment information.
ChatGPT has garnered worldwide attention for its ability to generate human-like responses and simulate various writing styles. Millions of users currently employ the tool for diverse purposes. However, the Italian government has given OpenAI 20 days to respond to the imposed ban, with the risk of facing a penalty of up to $21.7 million or 4% of the company’s annual revenue.
Ursula Pachl, Deputy Director-General of the European Consumer Organisation, has expressed serious concerns about how ChatGPT and similar chatbots can deceive and manipulate users. Pachl also emphasized the need for greater public scrutiny of AI technologies.
Italy’s decision follows a trend of countries blocking access to the AI tool. The European Union is currently working on legislation to regulate the use of AI tools to minimize potential risks and protect users’ privacy. The growing list of countries banning ChatGPT underscores the increasing importance of addressing concerns surrounding AI technology and its impact on privacy and society.