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Ban ChatGPT in Italy, a precedent for the rest of Europe?

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After Italy became the first Western country to ban the advanced ChatGPT chatbot due to its lack of transparency in its use of data, the question in Europe is: Who will follow?

The decision has already inspired many neighboring countries. “Within a few days, specialists from all over the world and a country, Italy, have tried to slow down the meteoric progression of this technology as amazing and alarming as it is,” he writes. Parisian.

Several cities in France have already launched their own research “to assess the changes brought about by ChatGPT and the results of its use in a local business context,” the reports say. Western France.

The city of Montpellier wants to ban ChatGPT for municipal employees, as a precautionary measure, according to the paper. “ChatGPT should be banned within municipal teams, both as a precaution and as a precaution. The assistant responsible for digital believes its use may be harmful.”

According to the BBC, the Irish Data Protection Commission is following up with the Italian regulator to understand the reasons for its action and will “coordinate its work with all EU data protection authorities” in this regard. related to the ban.

I’Information Commissioner’s OfficeThe UK’s independent data regulator told the BBC it would “support” developments in artificial intelligence, but was also ready to “challenge non-compliance” with data protection laws.

The ChatGPT chat bot is already banned in many countries like China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The European Union is preparingartificial intelligence lawlegislation “aimed at identifying AI systems that are likely to have societal consequences,” he explains Parisian. “This future law should make it possible in particular to combat racist or misogynistic biases in generative AI algorithms and programs (such as ChatGPT).” i’artificial intelligence law It also plans to appoint one regulator in each country who will be responsible for AI.

Italian case

Italy’s data protection authority has made it clear that it is blocking ChatGPT and is investigating this program due to privacy concerns associated with this model, which was created by US startup OpenAI, a company backed by billions of dollars in investment from Microsoft.

The decision was made with “immediate effect” announced by Italy’s National Authority for Personal Data Protection because “the ChatGPT bot does not comply with personal data legislation and does not have a system for checking the age of underage users,” according to reports. the point.

“The agency’s decision, which is independent of the government, makes Italy the first Western country to take action against an AI-powered chatbot,” Reuters wrote.

The Italian watchdog said it would not only ban OpenAI’s chatbots, but also check whether they comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Protection of minors

And she adds that the new technology “exposes minors to completely inappropriate responses regarding their level of development and awareness.”

The press release from the Italian authority explains that on March 20, ChatGPT suffered “loss of data relating to user conversations and information related to paying subscribers of the paid service.”

It also highlights “no legal basis justifying the massive collection and storage of personal data with the intent of ‘training’ the algorithms that support the operation of the platform.”

The ChatGPT chatbot was unveiled to the public in November and quickly became endorsed by millions of users who admired its ability to clearly answer tough questions, mimic writing styles, write sonnets and essays, and even pass exams. The chatbot can also be used to write computer code without technical knowledge.

Excitement about ChatGPT

“Since its launch last year, ChatGPT has generated buzz around the technology, prompting competitor companies to launch similar products and companies to incorporate it or similar technologies into their applications and products,” Reuters writes.

OpenAI, which disabled ChatGPT for Italian users at the agency’s request, said Friday that it is actively working to reduce the use of personal data in training its AI systems such as ChatGPT.

The Italian watchdog is now requiring OpenAI to “report within 20 days on measures taken” to rectify the situation, under penalty of a fine of € 20 million euros Or up to 4% of global annual sales volume, according to Euronews.

The announcement comes as European law enforcement agency Europol warned on Monday that criminals are ready to take advantage of AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT to commit fraud and other cybercrimes.

From phishing to misinformation and malware, the rapidly evolving capabilities of chatbots are vulnerable to rapid exploitation by those with malicious intent, Europol warned in a report.

Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Cecilia Rodriguez

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