The authorities in Italy have blocked the chatbot ChatGPT for the time being, the country’s data protection authority said in Rome. Italy’s data protection officers accuse the developer of the software, the US company OpenAI, of violating youth and data protection.
Developers must demonstrate measures
OpenAI may only process the data of Italian Internet users “with immediate effect” to a limited extent, the authority said. In particular, she criticized that the company had no “legal basis” for collecting and storing personal data en masse in order to “train” the algorithms underlying the platform.
Artificial intelligences like ChatGPT harbor risks such as manipulating their users or spreading false information
AI with side effects
ChatGPT creates texts with the help of artificial intelligence. Users can specify individual commands or sentences, which the system then supplements independently using huge amounts of data from the Internet.
The chatbot has been extremely successful since it first appeared, but warnings have been piling up lately. This week, for example, the police authority Europol said that criminals and fraudsters could take advantage of the application. The AI can provide information about “how to break into a house, up to terrorism, cybercrime and sexual abuse of children”. Critics call for regulation.
fwu/jj (dpa, rtr, afp)