After a data breach involving user conversations and payment information, OpenAI’s ChatGPT has been banned in Italy. The Italian data-protection authority said it will ban OpenAI's chatbot and investigate whether it complied with the General Data Protection Regulation, which governs the way people use, process, and store personal data.
Consumer advocacy group BEUC also called on EU and national authorities—including data-protection watchdogs—to investigate ChatGPT and similar chatbots, following the filing of a complaint by US-based civil society group CAIDP with the US Federal Trade Commission against ChatGPT-4.
ChatGPT is not accessible in a number of countries, including China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, but Italy is the first government to ban ChatGPT as a result of privacy concerns.
While this is a developing situation, it’ll be interesting to see how this ban impacts other countries’ decisions regarding mass implementation of ChatGPT. Stay tuned for more updates on this ever-evolving story!