ChatGPT is in more trouble. Italy has banned Open AI’s chatbot and may fine the company if it does not comply with specific demands.
Open AI’s ChatGPT uses data available on the internet to act as a somewhat useful chatbot. As a result, it can field questions relatively well, as long as there’s enough info for ChatGPT to source. However, the utility does come with some problems. One of those is when users with a premium subscription had their personal details leaked.
According to Ars Technica, this little oopsie caused the Italian Government to ban ChatGPT temporarily. On March 31st, Italy claimed that Open AI’s tool was unlawfully collecting data and did not discriminate when it came to users’ ages:
“As confirmed by the tests carried out so far, the information made available by ChatGPT does not always match factual circumstances, so that inaccurate personal data are processed. Finally, the Italian SA emphasizes in its order that the lack of whatever age verification mechanism exposes children to receiving responses that are absolutely inappropriate to their age and awareness, even though the service is allegedly addressed to users aged above 13 according to OpenAI’s terms of service.”
Although the ban is temporary, Open AI may have no reason to comply with Italy’s expectations. However, Italy plans to fine the company within 20 days (from March 31st) if Chat AI does not establish itself with the European Union. The fines could equate to €20M.
A single ban like this may not be too concerning for Open AI. However, it could open a can of worms for other countries to scrutinize the inner workings of a foreign company.
OpenAI was founded in 2015 and is headquartered out of San Francisco. The company is currently valued at $29 billion.
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