Germany could be the next European country to ban popular AI tool ChatGPTafter the decision he made Italy last Friday and that it carried out “with immediate effect”. So he has assured it ulrich kelberFederal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Germany, in an interview with the newspaper handelsblatt.
The Italian Guarantor for the Protection of Personal Data, GPDP, banned the AI after considering that ChatGPT violated articles 5, 6, 8, 13 and 25 of the European General Data Protection Regulation. Asked about this decision, Kelber pointed out that “in principle, such an action is also possible in Germany” and that it would correspond to the jurisdiction of each of the federated states to take it.
The regulatory authorities of Germany and other countries such as France and Ireland are in contact with the Italian to “understand the basis for your action and we will coordinate with all EU data protection authorities in relation to this matter”, as explained by a spokesman for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner to Reuters.
In the resolution published last Friday, the Italian authority explained that it was opening an investigation into the processing of personal data of ChatGPT users that it was carrying out. Open AI, the company that has developed this artificial intelligence. He ordered the companythe temporary limitation of the processing of personal data of users in the Italian territory” and gave it a period of twenty days to communicate the measures it takes to function according to European regulations. Failure to do so exposes OpenAI to a fine of 20 million euros or up to 4% of its annual turnover.
We of course defer to the Italian government and have ceased offering ChatGPT in Italy (though we think we are following all privacy laws).
Italy is one of my favorite countries and I look forward to visiting again soon!
—Sam Altman (@sama) March 31, 2023
The company immediately responded to Italy suspending access to ChatGPT from your territory and proceeding with the refund of the last installment paid by the subscribers of the tool’s payment method, ChatGPT Plus. He also indicated that he would collaborate with the Italian authorities.
Why has Italy banned ChatGPT
He GDPP raised various concerns about the processing of personal data by ChatGPT. On the one hand, “the no legal basis that justifies the massive collection and storage of personal data in order to ‘train’ the algorithms that manage the operation of the platform” and the fact that users do not have any information about if your data is part of those with which the tool has been trained.
The inaccuracy of the information that ChatGPT sometimes provides is another reason, since it considers it incorrect processing of personal data.
He has also been critical of the absence of age verification mechanisms in a service aimed at people over 13 years of age and the processing of personal information that users may provide to ChatGPT during their conversations with the chatbot.
The Spanish Data Protection Agency has not launched any investigation into ChatGPT, but has told Newtral that it has requested that the matter be included in the next Plenary of the European Committee for Data Protection.