The Italian data protection authority Garante plans to explore other AI platforms and hire AI experts to improve its oversight of AI technologies. This is the next step after ChatGPT’s temporary ban, which was lifted not long ago.
Garante is one of the most proactive national data protection authorities enforcing European data protection regulation, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The agency was the first to ban AI chatbot company Replica, fine facial recognition software maker Clearview AI and restrict TikTok’s operations in Europe. In March, it temporarily banned OpenAI’s Microsoft-backed ChatGPT bot and launched an investigation into alleged data breaches.
Speaking on the regulator’s future activities, Garante board member Agostino Ghiglia said: “We plan to launch a comprehensive review of generative AI and machine learning applications available on the web, as we want to understand whether these new tools solve privacy and privacy compliance issues, and we will initiate new reviews as needed. We are also looking for three AI consultants as we know that AI tools are evolving very quickly and we need technically trained experts to assist us in our privacy effortsThe move is the latest example of some regulators relying on existing laws to control technology that could turn society and the economy upside down.
In the fight against ChatGPT, Garante has used the provisions of the GDPR, particularly those that protect minors and give people the right to object to the use of their personal data. After Garante took the appropriate steps, OpenAI made changes to its ChatGPT chatbot and now asks for users’ ages upon registration.