ChatGPT banned in Italy over privacy concerns

April 01, 2023

The regulator said that the company has no legal basis to justify collecting and storing people's personal data “for the purpose of 'training' the algorithms” of the chatbot. Earlier this week the European Union's law enforcement agency Europol expressed concern about the spread of disinformation when data through the app is processed inaccurately, Reuters reported. The Italian ban order is temporary — until OpenAI complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, a privacy law that protects individuals’ fundamental rights to data protection. ChatGPT suffered a data breach last week where it exposed the conversations and payment information of a small fraction of ChatGPT Plus subscribers, Italian authorities said. They also accused ChatGPT of failing to check the age of its users: Only people above the age of 13 are supposed to be allowed to access the chatbot.