The recent statement issued by the Italian data watchdog confirms the imposition of a temporary ban on ChatGPT, citing the March 20 breach. The statement indicates that the violation translated into data exposure to another user.
ChatGPT Violates EU’s General Data Protection Regulation
The Friday, March 31 communication from the Italian Data Protection Authority confirmed the breach contravened the stringent provisions within the European Union data protection. The agency revealed that the San Francisco-based AI firm violated the General Data Protection Regulation applied in the EU.
The temporary ban would allow the watchdog to open and complete investigations concerning the alleged data privacy breach. The investigation investigates whether the artificial intelligence chatbot was at fault for last week’s incident.
The agency obliged to ensure data protection in Italy directed the American firm to limit data processing for Italians. The immediate cessation of processing data is set to have several ramifications for OpenAI, the US firm behind the human-competitive intelligence chatbot – ChatGPT.
ChatGPT Platform Suffers Data Breach
The update issued by the Italian regulatory agency on data protection clarified that the temporary block constitutes a response following the discovery that the platform suffered a data breach on March 20.
The Italian agency claims that the ChatGPT platform lacks detailed information for users clarifying the nature of data harvested by OpenAI. The agency observed that ChatGPT operated without anchoring the activities to a specific legal basis justifying the enmass data collection. Also, the platform fails to specify the legal basis guiding personal data storage when training the algorithms.
AI Weaknesses When Processing Personal Data
The agency argues that the AI chatbot could occasionally reflect falsified data. Such incidents necessitate investigation since ChatGPT could have inherent weaknesses when processing personal data. The Italian Data Protection Authority illustrates that ChatGPT potentially violated the in-house rules it applies to protect data.
The agency accuses ChatGPT of dishonesty in its practices. Essentially, it lacks filters deployed to ascertain the user’s age despite portraying to limit access and usage to individuals aged above 13 years. The agency added that the absence of age filters signals that minors probably have access to unsuitable content that may disrupt or hinder their mind development.
OpenAI Issued 20-Day Notice to Guarantee Data Privacy
The Italian privacy watchdog demands that OpenAI responds to the allegations within 20 days regarding the measures deployed to guarantee users’ data privacy. The agency warned that failure to honor the directive would result in a $22 million equivalent of 4% of annual revenue.
Besides the Italian Data Protection Authority, ChatGPT is facing scrutiny in other jurisdictions. The Center for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Policy (CAIDP) confirmed filing a formal complaint on March 31, petitioning the court to order ChatGPT to halt the release of advanced human-competitive intelligence to the masses.
Concerns on Human-Competitive Intelligence Risks
The complaint lodged by CAIDP aligns with the petition signed by 2600 tech executives and researchers led by Elon Musk, the chief of Tesla Inc and Twitter Inc. The petition published by the US-based think tank indicated in Wednesday’s letter for companies dealing in AI to pause the development of advanced models for six months as the society weighs the risks involved. The letter argued that releasing powerful AI versions threatens civilization when it outsmarts and outnumbers humans.
The CAIDP alleges that ChatGPT exhibits bias and deception, posing heightened risks to disrupt public safety and privacy.
The intelligence boom is attracting scrutiny, with parties opposing arguing the technology reality mismatches the legal frameworks considered applicable. In support, Nello Cristianini, a renowned artificial intelligence professor from the University of Bath, indicates the letter by Future of Life Institute (FOLI), known for its longtermism movement, considered it reasonable to urge pause for all cultural tools to catch up with the intelligent boom.
Elsewhere the EU consumer group BEUC urged the EU authorities to coordinate with the 27-member nations to scrutinize ChatGPT and similar artificial intelligence chatbots. BEUC acknowledged that it would take longer for the EU to formulate legislation to offer matching oversights to the AI.
The deputy director at BEUC, Ursula Pachl, laments that the EU should expedite the legislation enforcement to safeguard consumers against possible risks. Failure to expedite the legislation would leave the consumers vulnerable, considering the huge uptake of ChatGPT across Europe.
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