Amidst the deepening debate around the European Union’s AI Act, its member states have been inspired by Italy’s decision to temporarily ban ChatGPT – a generative artificial intelligence application that produces strikingly human replies to text queries by employing algorithms to study immense swaths of data, much of which may be owned by internet users.
This potent yet controversial tool has compounded concerns surrounding data protection around the continent. Consequently, regulators in France and Ireland have increasingly called upon the Italian government seeking a better understanding of the measures taken against OpenAI on account of their failing to check the age of ChatGPT customers and lack of a legitimate legal reasoning behind their mass collection and storage of personal data utilized to train their chatbot.
In Germany, the conversation has roused the attention of the commissioner for data protection who recently articulated to Handelsblatt newspaper his inclination towards instituting a similar ban as that issued by Italy, if warranted. Concerning Sweden, however, their privacy regulator has made public no such plans nor communicated with their Italian peers regarding the matter. Likewise, Spain’s regulator has yet to be confronted with any formal complaints associated with ChatGPT, though they are certainly open to investigating it if necessary.