ChatGPT can resume in Italy if meets data watchdog's demands

Italy’s data protection agency, Garante, set out a list of “concrete” demands on Wednesday that OpenAI must meet by April 30th to address their concerns over the ChatGPT chatbot and allow the artificial intelligence service to resume in the country.

An Italian flag flies over the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy, January 26, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

They want OpenAI to inform users in Italy of “the methods and logic” behind data processing OpenAI needs to work; to allow people to ask that personal data inaccurately generated by the service be corrected and easily oppose the use of their personal data on its algorithms. They also want the company to introduce an age verification protocol to exclude users younger than thirteen.
An OpenAI spokesperson said they were happy that the country was reconsidering the ban and were hoping to work with them regarding the concerns.
All this has attracted attention from other European privacy groups with Spain’s data protection agency requesting the EU’s privacy agency to look into concerns around ChatGPT.

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