Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

First known case of the chatbot’s being blocked by a government order
06 April 2023
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The artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT was temporarily banned in Italy last week, the first country to put a temporary ban on the artificial intelligence tool.

The move came after the Italian data protection authority accused California-based company OpenAI of unlawfully collecting users' personal data and failing to implement age verification to protect minors from illicit material. 

Italy’s decision highlights the new policy challenges that developers of cutting-edge A.I. face in light of ChatGPT's capabilities, which include drafting essays, engaging in human-like conversations, and even writing computer code. Although the program boasts impressive skills, it has worried many about the potential spread of misinformation, risks to society, and the impact on employment.

Over 1,000 respected leaders and researchers in the field of artificial intelligence have just called for  a moratorium on development of the most advanced A.I. systemsuntil proper safety policies can be established. 

- CyberBeat


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