The European Union body that unifies national watchdogs on Thursday said that it had set up a task force on ChatGPT, OpenAI’s viral conversational AI tool that was recently banned in Italy over privacy concerns.
The move was initiated by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the heels of Italy’s temporary ban on ChatGPT. Germany’s data protection commissioner also recently said that ChatGPT could face a ban there. Spain, too, is launching an investigation into possible data breaches by ChatGPT.
The future of ChatGPT in EU
With this new task force, rules that encompass all EU countries for artificial intelligence could come up in the near-future. “The EDPB members discussed the recent enforcement action undertaken by the Italian data protection authority against OpenAI about the ChatGPT service,” a statement announcing the task force said.
“The EDPB decided to launch a dedicated task force to foster cooperation and to exchange information on possible enforcement actions conducted by data protection authorities,” it added
An independent body, the EDPB oversees data protection rules in the European Union and is comprised of data protection watchdogs of individual EU nations. After Spain made the request to discuss ChatGPT, the AI was added to the body’s agenda that led to the creation of this task force.With more than 100 million monthly active users, ChatGPT has become the fastest-growing consumer application in history. Even then, how it processes user data has raised some eyebrows. Just like all AI tools, ChatGPT depends on user interaction to become smarter. Each time a user feeds a query into the chatbot, it uses it to become better at its job. While this might be benefitting ChatGPT and OpenAI, it could be a privacy concern for users.