Warning to Italy’s Open Eye, stop processing users’ data, otherwise fine

Warning to Italy's Open Eye, stop processing users' data, otherwise fine

Europe News Desk!! Italian regulators have ordered Microsoft-owned OpenAI to immediately stop processing Italian users’ data for general AI models. Italian regulator Garante said it is concerned that the ChatGPT maker is violating the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and has launched an investigation. OpenAI must notify Italian regulators within 20 days of the measures implemented to comply with the order, or face a fine of up to 20 million euros, or 4 percent of its total worldwide annual turnover. There is no way ChatGPT can continue to process data in violation of privacy laws, the regulator said. The Italian SA has imposed an immediate temporary limit on the processing of Italian users’ data by OpenAI, the US-based company that develops and manages the platform. An inquiry into the facts of the case was also initiated.

OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, acknowledged late last month that payment information for some users may have started appearing as early as this week when a bug took ChatGPT offline. It is worth noting that OpenAI does not have an established legal entity in the EU. Any data protection authority can intervene under the GDPR if it sees a risk to local users. Finally, Italian regulators emphasized that the lack of an age verification mechanism exposes children to receiving responses that are grossly inappropriate for their age and awareness, even though the service allegedly targets users over the age of 13. addressed to the users of Open AI is yet to respond to the Italian regulator’s order.


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