AI Bot ChatGPT Blocked In Italy Over Privacy Concerns

The Italian government’s data protection agency recently said that the artificial intelligence bot ChatGPT would be prohibited from working in the country until it fulfills all data privacy regulations.

According to Breitbart News, OpenAI launched the ChatGPT software application to simulate and process human-like conversations. The country’s regulators have temporarily suspended the software from accessing Italian user data through which it develops its algorithms and machine learning until it complies with privacy regulations.

The suspension results from an alleged data breach report filed against the software. Investigations have commenced regarding user conversations and information related to subscribers’ payments to the paid service.

According to the regulators in Italy, Chat GPT lacks substantial grounds to operate as a legitimate innovation. Firstly, there are concerns regarding transparency and the amount of data collected. On the other hand, the bot queries the internet for its algorithm to work efficiently as a human-like conversant. The privacy regulator questions the legal provisions that permit Chat GPT to seek answers from the internet.

While the software has been lauded for its ability to ease human processes, Italian regulators are concerned about the safety of users. Chat GPT has reportedly violated its terms of service by ensuring no age restriction for younger users to access the program.

Since the software launched last November, several issues have plagued Open AI’s Chat GPT and its effect hasn’t only been felt in Europe. The U.S. has also had its fair share of the software’s downside.

A High School in Florida accused its students of using Chat GPT to write its elite program essays. According to the School’s head of its International Baccalaureate Program (IB), there have been suspected cases of students leveraging artificial intelligence to aid their academic pursuits.

“There have been some IB papers that are questionable in a few ways,” the staffer wrote this month in one message. “Including being very different styles of writing from previously submitted papers,” she added in a series of emails reported by the New York Post.

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