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ChatGPT Banned In Italy Over Security Concerns: Find Out Why?

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(CTN NEWS) – Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken over the technology world in recent months, and OpenAI’s robot ChatGPT deserves much credit for introducing AI to the general public.

In reality, the Ai tool has been dubbed the most “revolutionary” technological advancement in roughly 40 years by billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

However, this AI technology has now suffered a significant setback due to ChatGPT’s rising appeal across the globe. According to reports, ChatGPT was prohibited in Italy on Friday.

It is the first known case in which a government has prevented using an AI tool.

The maker of ChatGPT, OpenAI, has allegedly been charged by Italy’s data security agency with stealing the user data, the New York Times reports.

Furthermore, according to the Italian government, ChatGPT lacks an age verification method that would shield children from exposure to illegal content.

OpenAI To Remain Inaccessible Over Privacy Concerns

As a result, Italy is the first nation to forbid ChatGPT due to privacy issues. OpenAI has consciously chosen to stay inaccessible in Iran, North Korea, China, and Russia.

After the ban, Ai tool’s creator Sam Altman said,

“We of course, defer to the Italian government and have ceased offering ChatGPT in Italy,” adding that it was one of his favourite nations. (though we think we are following all privacy laws). One of my favorite nations is Italy, and I hope to go there again shortly!”

According to the NYT report, the Italian regulators have instructed OpenAI to prevent Italian internet users from accessing ChatGPT until the firm provides more information.

Before a decision can be made about the future of tech in the nation, OpenAI has been given 20 days to offer the agency the information and potential solutions.

Italian regulators may impose a fine of about $22 million or 4% of its global annual revenue, citing a data breach that occurred on March 20 and exposed the conversations and payment information of dozens of users.

The privacy of individuals is still a priority for OpenAi, which has disabled ChatGPT in Italy.

We actively work to minimize personal data when training our AI systems like GPT because we want our AI to learn about the world, not about specific private people, according to a statement from ChatGPT that was cited in the NYT story.

ChatGPT Replies To This Incident

The statement continued, “We also think that regulation of AI is essential.”

The artificial intelligence tool said in response to a user who had inquired yesterday whether it would be banned in Italy due to privacy concerns,

“There should be no worries…I am an artificial intelligence language model that can be reached from anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.”


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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