The popular ChatGPT program, developed by artificial intelligence company OpenAI, is once again available in Italy after addressing user privacy concerns, according to regulators.
OpenAI has reinstated the service in Italy “with increased transparency and rights for European users,” announced the Italian Data Protection Authority known as Garante.
The agency said that OpenAI now meets a range of conditions that authorities had requested to lift the ban imposed at the end of March.
Specifically, OpenAI has improved transparency on its website regarding how user data is processed, given users certain contract termination rights, and disabled usage for children under 13 years old.
The company, backed by Microsoft, had been accused of not disclosing to its users which of their personal data was stored, as well as not having a legal basis for collecting and storing that data.
ChatGPT can respond to queries through essays, poetry, computer code, and other content.
Its launch in 2022 drew attention to the progress in the development and application of artificial intelligence and sparked discussions about possible unintended consequences.