This is a first in Europe. Italian authorities have blocked ChatGPT, a chatbot developed by OpenAI. According to reports from AFP, they accuse the company of not respecting personal data and not having a system to verify the age of minor users. An investigation has also been initiated. The Californian start-up has twenty days to respond to the Italian requests. Otherwise, it faces a fine of up to 20 million euros or 4% of annual global revenue.
The national authority for the protection of personal data, the Transalpine CNIL, explained that it is continuing with a “temporary limitation on the processing of data of Italian users against OpenAI”. From now on, for 20 days, the US company will not be able to use data from its Italian users to train its algorithm. The authority criticizes “the lack of an information reference to the users whose data is collected by OpenAI, but above all the lack of a legal basis justifying the mass collection and communication of personal data, for the purpose of training the algorithms running on the platform”. .
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ChatGPT is one of the 150 most visited sites in Italy since the beginning of 2023, according to a study conducted by the American company ComScore. Echoes. More than 1.4 million Italians use this chatbot. The most active are those between the ages of 15 and 24. Indeed, the “Italian CNIL” accuses ChatGPT of “having no filter to verify the age of users, [ce qui] exhibiting responses that are completely out of step with the developmental stage of juveniles”.
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