Chatbot ChatGPT has been banned by Italian authorities with immediate effect. With this, Italy becomes the first nation in Europe to obstruct cutting-edge AI software, which among other things is capable of simulating and elaborating human dialogues.
The Microsoft-backed chatbot created by US startup OpenAI is being blocked, and the Italian data protection authority said it will look into whether it complied with the country’s General Data Protection Regulation on Friday (local time).
The Italian authority stated that a data breach impacting the discussions of ChatGPT users and data on payments made by service subscribers had been detected on March 20.
The ChatGPT, which was developed in November 2022, has been prohibited in several nations, including China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
The US company OpenAI and ChatGPT are the targets of an investigation launched by the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali).
“No way for ChatGPT to continue processing data in breach of privacy laws. The Italian SA imposed an immediate temporary limitation on the processing of Italian users’ data by OpenAI, the US-based company developing and managing the platform. An inquiry into the facts of the case was initiated as well,” the authority said.
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