Italy's Privacy Watchdog Fines Trento City for AI Data Protection Breach

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in street surveillance projects compromised with inadequate anonymisation and incorrect data sharing.
01 February 2024
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The city of Trento has been fined 50,000 euros by Italy's privacy watchdog for violating data protection regulations in its use of artificial intelligence (AI) in street surveillance projects. The watchdog, known as GPDP, has also ordered Trento to delete all data collected in two European Union-funded projects. This marks the first time a local administration in Italy has been sanctioned by the GPDP for improper use of AI tools.

The authority - one of the EU's most proactive in assessing AI platform compliance with the bloc's data privacy regime - last year briefly banned popular chatbot ChatGPT in Italy.
In 2021, it also said a facial recognition system tested by the Italian Interior Ministry did not comply with privacy laws.

The Italian government led by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has said it would put a spotlight on the AI revolution during its presidency of the Group of Seven (G7) major democracies.

- CyberBeat


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