The ChatGPT chatbot was turned back on in Italy after the company that made it fixed the problems that Italy’s data protection body had found. Both the agency and the company confirmed this on Friday.
Microsoft-backed Last month, OpenAI took ChatGPT offline in Italy after Garante, the country’s data protection body, temporarily banned the chatbot and started an investigation into whether it broke privacy rules.
Garante had given OpenAI until Sunday to fix the problems it had with the robot so that it could start working again in the country.
Last month, Garante said that there is no legal reason for ChatGPT to collect and store a lot of personal information in order to “train” the robot.
Garante also said that OpenAI didn’t check the ages of ChatGPT’s users, who are meant to be at least 13 years old. OpenAI said it will give users in Italy a way to prove their ages when they sign up.
A company spokesperson said that it will also give users in the European Union a new form to use if they want to use their right to complain to the company’s use of personal data to train its models.
People who want to opt out have to fill out the form with a lot of personal information, including proof of data processing through appropriate prompts.
Garante said that it appreciates the steps that have been taken to balance technological progress with people’s rights, and it hopes that the company will continue on this road of following European data protection laws.
Itay was the first country in western Europe to try to stop ChatGPT, but the fast growth of the service has caught the attention of lawmakers and officials in many countries.
On Thursday, a group of European Union lawmakers agreed on new rules that would force companies that use generative AI tools like ChatGPT to reveal any copy-protected materials that were used to build their systems.
As a result of Garante’s interest in ChatGPT, the European Data Protection Board, which is made up of all of Europe’s privacy watchdogs, set up a task force on the robot earlier this month.
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