EDPB’s ChatGPT Task Force

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has formed a task force to address concerns related to OpenAI’s ChatGPT chatbot. This move comes after the Italian government banned the use of ChatGPT in the country and accused OpenAI of stealing users’ data and failing to have an age-verification system to bar minors from being exposed to illicit material. The German data protection commissioner has also expressed concerns about the chatbot, suggesting that it may face a similar ban in Germany. The task force set up by EDPB is dedicated to fostering cooperation and exchanging information on possible enforcement actions conducted by data protection authorities related to ChatGPT.

About ChatGPT

ChatGPT, developed by Microsoft-backed OpenAI, is a language model that possesses human-like abilities in various domains, including composing poems, writing code, and providing solutions to ethical dilemmas. Its latest iteration, GPT-4, is expected to be more creative, reliable, and nuanced in ascertaining instructions than its predecessor.

About EDPB

EDPB is responsible for supervising data protection regulations within the European Union, and it consists of national data protection authorities and watchdogs from different European countries.

Silver lining for OpenAI

According to reports, if ChatGPT can form general policies that are transparent, it may be allowed to operate. This would be beneficial for OpenAI and Microsoft, who are in a race with Google in the artificial intelligence segment. It may take some time for EDPB to align policy positions on ChatGPT, but there seems to be a silver lining for the future of the chatbot.



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