On Friday, the Italian government issued an order to temporarily ban one of the famous chatbot artificial intelligence tools known as ChatGPT. It is the first time a government has banned it.
The reason given by the Italian government is that it violates the nation’s data-collecting laws and does not have an age verification system in place to stop children from accessing illegal content.
Continue reading to know more about why Italy thinks it is a good idea to ban ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Ban in Italy- Here’s What You Should Know
The California-based OpenAI (the firm behind ChatGPT) is under investigation, and the Italian data protection government declared on Friday that it would immediately stop the chatbot from gathering data from Italian users.
Neighboring countries have been influenced by Italy’s decision to ban ChatGPT. According to the French newspaper Le Parisien, experts from all over the world and Italy are attempting to curb the rapid advancement of artificial intelligence, which is both remarkable and concerning too.
As per Ouest-France, several cities in France have begun conducting their own investigations to evaluate the impact of ChatGPT on their masses and the implications of this tool in local contexts.
The main purpose of the Italian government to ban ChatGPT is the safety concerns regarding privacy. Meanwhile, OpenAI has refrained from making the service available in China, North Korea, and Russia. The development highlights the policy obstacles facing creators of advanced artificial intelligence systems following the launch of ChatGPT.
While the program/tool has impressed users with its capability to write essays, communicate in a human-like manner, and undertake more intricate functions such as writing code, it has also aroused concerns regarding the dissemination of false information, the impact on job opportunities, and the potential risks it poses to society.
The Italian government, however, was not simply concerned about the data breach. The organization questioned OpenAI’s methods for gathering data and the validity of the volume of data being stored.
The absence of an age verification system to protect minors from seeing unsuitable answers was another issue.
The organization requested that the FTC prevent OpenAI from releasing new versions until the necessary rules are in place.
The group expressed in a statement, “We truly acknowledge the numerous advantages AI offers. Yet, if we can’t keep these systems under control, we won’t be able to regulate the risk that will arise or the potentially disastrous repercussions.”
As per BBC News, the Irish supervisory authority for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is reaching out to the Italian regulator to comprehend the reasoning behind the ban on ChatGPT.
Additionally, the U.K.’s independent data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, stated that “while it would back advancements in AI, it was also prepared to challenge any breaches of data protection regulations.”
After receiving an order from the Italian regulator, OpenAI has blocked access to ChatGPT in Italy. However, a spokesperson for the company stated that they do not agree with the findings and believe that they abide by GDPR and other privacy laws.
Sam Altman, the CEO of OpenAI, tweeted about this situation and wrote that they are complying with the Italian government’s decision, and he looks forward to visiting Italy again soon since it is one of his favorite countries.
As of yet, Italy is continuing the ban, and we will see when it will be lifted.
It is too early to say what is the future of ChatGPT in Italy after its ban. The decision will also enforce some sort of pressure on the neighboring European countries. There are also talks going on about the restricted use of AI. However, it is too soon to predict the future, and we may see some more surprising decisions.