Italy’s data protection authority has taken swift action in issuing a temporary ban on ChatGPT, citing concerns over both its recent data breach and the legality of using user data to power its popular artificial intelligence chatbot. The organization noted that the company must meet certain privacy requirements before the restriction can be lifted.
Since its launch last November, ChatGPT has captivated the online world with its ability to generate realistic-sounding responses to questions as well as generate content such as essays, poems, and summaries of long documents. Its impressive AI system draws from an expansive array of data found on the internet.
The watchdog expressed apprehension about how the chatbot processes user information, questioning whether proper notices had been issued, or if there is even a legal basis for collecting and processing such intricate personal data on co-opted individuals. In addition, OpenAI experienced a breach on March 20th that exposed some users’ details–including email addresses and the last four digits of their credit cards.