Last week we learned that Italy would be blocking access to the OpenAI program ChatGPT over privacy concerns. Italy cited the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws to make the move. OpenAI has not convinced Italian officials that ChatGPT would be able to follow the GDPR guidelines, and now Germany may agree.
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According to Reuters, Germany could follow Italy’s lead and block ChatGPT over data security and privacy reasons. German commissioner for data protection Ulrich Kelber said, “In principle, such action is also possible in Germany,” falling short of verifying any such plan or plans.
Germany is in contact with Italy in an effort to understand why that country decided a ban was the prudent thing to do. Italian officials have also been in contact with government officials in Ireland and France to discuss the results of the Italian investigation. OpenAI had said on Friday that it actively works to reduce personal data in training its AI systems.
One European Union country has stated that it has no plans on banning ChatGPT nor is it curious about Italy’s investigation and that is Sweden. Italy’s move came after a cybersecurity incident involving ChatGPT and some of its data. Italy has accused OpenAI of failing to check the age of ChatGPT’s users, who are supposed to be aged 13 or above.
It will be interesting to see where the rest of the EU countries land on this topic. For now, Italy is the only country to have banned the service, at least temporarily.
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Last Updated on May 29, 2023.