- The Italian government has blocked the ChatGPT artificial intelligence tool, claiming it does not comply with consumer data protection laws.
- It comes after a group of American lawyers requested that they stop new releases of ChatGPT.
- Earlier, a group of notables led by Elon Musk also called for a “moratorium” on AI research.
Italy decided this Friday, March 31, to block “with immediate effect” the AI tool ChatGPT, from the United States technology company OpenAI.
The accusation points out that the most famous software of 2023 does not respect the current consumer data protection law.
According to the Italian body for the Protection of Personal Data, an investigation has been opened and in the meantime, a blocking of the application will take place.
ChatGPT “does not respect the discipline of privacy”, the government said in a statement.
The news from Italy comes 24 hours after a group of lawyers from the United States asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to stop new releases of ChatGPT citing risks to privacy and public safety.
The lawyers say that GPT does not meet the FTC’s transparency and accountability standards.
Earlier, on Wednesday March 29, a group of notables led by Elon Musk called for a six-month moratorium on all artificial intelligence research.
The argument they appeal to is that “They are of high risk for all humanity.” The notables call for a moratorium until security systems are determined that include regulatory authorities, surveillance systems, techniques that are capable of distinguishing between the real and the false, and agencies capable of dealing with the “dramatic economic and political disturbances ( especially for democracy) that AI will cause”.
Italy against ChatGPT
In it release From the body of the Government of Italy it is said that ChatGPT, the most widespread among the various alternatives on the market and that can simulate human conversations that are almost indistinguishable from real ones, suffered on March 19 the loss of a series of data about users and the payment information of its subscribers.
In the resolution, the Italian agency argues that the blockade is caused by “the absence of information for users and for all those involved from whom OpenAI collects data”.
And he adds that he does it, moreover, for “the lack of legal bases that justify the massive collection and conservation of personal data”.
On the other hand, he says that the information generated by ChatGPT “is not always” real.
In parallel, Italy says it regrets “the non-existence of any kind of filter” in verifying the age of its users, even though the service is only aimed at people over 13 years of age.
Thus, says the agency, children of all ages are “exposed to inappropriate responses in relation to their levels of development and awareness.”
Unesco, in 2021, published a Global Ethical Framework on artificial intelligence technology, but no country applies it.
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