ChatGPT Resumes Operations in Italy | Privacy Policy Updates

ChatGPT resumes operations in Italy after nearly 30 days of suspension due to privacy concerns. OpenAI recently updated its privacy policies, addressing the issues that led to the ban in the country. The block on ChatGPT was also justified by a data leak incident.

ChatGPT Resumes Operations and New Policies

Under the revised privacy policy, OpenAI now allows users to disable conversation history with ChatGPT. By enabling this feature, the AI will not use the conversation for training purposes. However, the content will still be stored for 30 days for monitoring potential abuse.

ChatGPT faced a ban in Italy on March 31st when the country’s Data Protection Agency accused OpenAI of illegally collecting personal information from citizens. The agency is also raising concerns about inadequate age verification methods, as only users above 13 years old can access ChatGPT.

Compounding OpenAI’s troubles, a bug in ChatGPT’s system led to a data leak of user information from the ChatGPT+ service, exposing one account’s conversation history to another user.

ChatGPT resumes operations

Current Situation in Italy After ChatGPT Resumes Operations

Now, users with an Italian IP address accessing ChatGPT are greeted with a pop-up message. The message states, “OpenAI is happy to resume ChatGPT in Italy.” The message requests users to confirm that they are over 18 years old. It may also have parental consent if they are above 13 years old. The pop-up also includes a link to OpenAI’s privacy policy.

Investigation in Spain

Despite the positive development in Italy, OpenAI remains under investigation in Spain. The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) is examining whether OpenAI complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The issue in Spain is similar to the concerns raised by Italy’s legislation.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has established a task force to investigate OpenAI’s adherence to GDPR requirements.

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Conclusion

With ChatGPT resuming operations in Italy following privacy policy updates, OpenAI has taken steps to address data protection and age verification concerns. However, the ongoing investigation in Spain serves as a reminder that companies offering AI services must continuously work on ensuring compliance with data protection regulations in different jurisdictions.

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