Privacy watchdog: ‘ChatGPT in violation of privacy laws’

Privacy watchdog: ‘ChatGPT in violation of privacy laws’

Italy’s privacy watchdog sees the tool ChatGPT as in violation of the privacy law. The regulator came to this conclusion after an investigation into the AI tool.

Italy’s privacy commission opened an investigation into ChatGPT and imposed a ban on the AI tool after indications that the tool violated European privacy rules. The ban on ChatGPT was previously lifted when the company behind the tool, OpenAI, provided a sufficient explanation of the facts.

At least 1 violation

A deeper investigation into the AI tool’s handling of privacy laws is now concluded. The investigation was conducted in a total of ten months. That investigation appears to have revealed elements that point to at least one violation of privacy laws. The privacy watchdog Garante also stated its findings in an official announcement in Italian.

OpenAI has 30 days to contradict the allegations from the investigation. Then, a fine can be imposed from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Major violations of the GDPR can lead to fines of up to four percent of the global revenue generated or 20 million euros, whichever is higher.

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