April 19, 2024
OpenAI Accused of Privacy Violation by Italian Watchdog

OpenAI Accused of Privacy Violation by Italian Watchdog

The Italian Data Protection Authority (IDPA) declared on Jan. 29 that OpenAI is violating data protection and privacy laws. Following a fact-finding activity initiated in November 2023 to investigate AI data scraping, the IDPA found that OpenAI’s ChatGPT doesn’t comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Italy had previously banned ChatGPT in March 2023 after a data breach, making it the first country to do so globally. However, the ban was lifted in April, contingent on OpenAI meeting transparency measures post the initial clampdown.

In response to the recent breach findings, the IDPA has invited OpenAI to submit counterclaims within 30 days. The final determination will consider the work of a task force of national privacy watchdogs established by the European Data Protection Framework.

Italy has been proactive in monitoring AI development and implementation, allocating a multimillion-dollar fund in May 2023 for workers at risk of job displacement due to AI. Additionally, the country fined the city of Trento $54,000 on Jan. 26 for the misuse of AI in a scientific research project, marking the first such fine for an Italian city.

As the host of the G7 presidency in 2024, Italy has highlighted AI regulation as a top priority. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni intends to hold a special AI-focused session with G7 members before the scheduled leaders summit in June.

Photo by Matheus Bertelli

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