Italian privacy regulator, the Data Protection Authority (GPDP) has issued a press release that says ChatGPT and OpenAI are collecting the personal information of Italian users and must stop doing so.
The press release, which was issued today, says that OpenAI is currently engaging in the “unlawful collection of personal data.”
It also says that it wants OpenAI to stop collecting data on Italian people until it changes what data it collects. It also alleges that OpenAI hasn’t put sufficient mechanisms in place to stop children from using it.
That lack of protection “exposes minors to absolutely unsuitable answers compared to their degree of development and self-awareness.”
The GPDP says that OpenAI now has 20 days to tell it what changes it has taken to deal with the concerns raised. If it doesn’t do anything there’s the chance that the body could slap OpenAI with a €20 million fine or 4% of the company’s annual global turnover.
The Verge reports that ChatGPT remains accessible to Italian users, but it’s possible that OpenAI will choose to remove the chatbot from availability in the country at least while it works out what to do. If that’s the route that OpenAI goes down, this is effectively a ban on ChatGPT that seems unlikely to be lifted any time soon.
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