OpenAI’s ChatGPT breached Europe’s data privacy rules, Italian agency says

OpenAI could face a hefty fine after Italy’s top technology watchdog accused the creators of ChatGPT of violating Europe’s main data privacy law. And the issue is reportedly related to a failure to police content aimed at younger users.

Italy’s data protection agency, known as Galante, announced on Tuesday that it had notified OpenAI of a “data protection breach.”

The agency did not elaborate on the nature of the apparent infringement or what action it might take against Sam Altman’s technology company.

However, Italian regulators are “concerned that young users may be exposed to inappropriate content generated by chatbots.” BBC reported.

According to OpenAI’s website, OpenAI requires users to be at least 13 years old, and if under 18, also requires permission from a parent or legal guardian.

The Italian watchdog is also said to be focusing on collecting user data with OpenAI to help train chatbots.

Italy briefly banned ChatGPT last year. AP

“The Italian DPA has concluded that the available evidence indicates the existence of a violation of the provisions contained in the EU GDPR.” The agency said in a statement:.

The announcement marked the latest escalation by Italian authorities, who have taken a hard line since the launch of OpenAI’s fast-growing AI tool.

Italy briefly banned ChatGPT last year, the first of its kind in Europe, but reinstated the app after OpenAI addressed privacy concerns.

Under the European Union’s comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation, companies caught in violation can be fined up to 4% of their global revenue.

It is unclear whether OpenAI could face any new bans related to Galante’s latest action.

The agency did not respond to requests for comment.

OpenAI refuted the Italian government agency’s claims in a statement.

“We believe our practices are compliant with GDPR and other privacy laws, and we are taking additional steps to protect people’s data and privacy,” the company said.

OpenAI goes on to say that it is “actively working to reduce personal data in the training of systems like ChatGPT, which also deny people’s requests for personal or sensitive information,” adding, “We are working constructively with Galante. “I will continue to do so,” he said.

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Italy’s watchdog did not provide further details about the alleged breach. Reuters

The Italian crackdown is a new headache for Microsoft-backed OpenAI, which also faces increased regulatory scrutiny in the United States.

Antitrust watchdogs in both the United States and Europe have indicated they are investigating Microsoft’s relationship with OpenAI over potential competition concerns.

That scrutiny has further escalated since Microsoft played a key role in brokering the return of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman after he was briefly fired last year.

Separately, the New York Times accused OpenAI in a federal copyright infringement lawsuit of allegedly using articles to train ChatGPT’s large-scale language model without proper permission or compensation.

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