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April 6, 2023
Hello all, and happy Thursday!
By now I’m sure everybody is familiar with the AI chat bot ChatGPT. People have been using ChatGPT for everything from writing essays to building a business—but not in Italy. The Italian data protection authority, Garante, recently banned the use of ChatGPT temporarily due to its unlawful collection of Italian citizens’ data. OpenAI has disabled access to its chatbot in Italy as a result.
As the public’s first experience with large language models (LLMs), ChatGPT has been processing a large amount of Italian citizens’ personal data, all without the appropriate legal basis under the GDPR to do so.
If OpenAI wishes to allow Italians to access the tool again, they’ll need to obtain one of the GDPR’s six legal bases: consent, contract, legal obligation, vital interests, public task, or legitimate interests. Most businesses rely on consent for a legal basis, but its hard to see how that would work with an LLM like ChatGPT. LLMs are trained on a body of text sourced from books, articles, websites, digital content, and more; it’s not like OpenAI can request consent from everybody who has ever written anything online.
If ChatGPT implemented a privacy-by-design approach to their technology and carefully curated the training data to exclude personal information, then there is a possibility that they could remain compliant with the GDPR. But that seems like a tall order. AI models cannot function without access to enough data and enough of the right kind of data—it’ll be interesting to see if a corpus of fully anonymized information can be used to train an LLM like ChatGPT.
P.S. G2’s Spring Awards have come out recently, and we’re pleased to announce that Osano has been rated best-in-class for consent management and a rising star in both DSAR and data privacy platforms! If you’ve enjoyed your experience using Osano, why not hop over to G2 and leave us a review?
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TikTok fined £12.7m for misusing children's data
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TikTok attorney: China can’t get U.S. data under plan
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Italian regulators order ChatGPT ban over alleged violation of data privacy laws
Italy’s data protection authorities have declared ChatGPT has unlawfully collected Italian’s personal data and has no means of blocking underaged users. As a result, the AI chat app’s developer, OpenAI, has disabled the app for users in Italy.
New York law firm gets fined $200k for failing to protect health data
Law firm Heidell, Pittoni, Murphy and Bach (HPMB)—which represents hospitals in New York—was hacked in November 2021. As a result, 114,000 patients’ sensitive data was exposed to hackers. The law firm paid a $100,000 ransom in exchange for the promise of deletion of the data, but received no confirmation the data was in fact deleted. As a result, New York’s Attorney General has fined HPMB $200,000 and ordered the law firm to adopt stricter data protection protocols.
UK government resumes proposed reform of UK data protection laws
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Meta will allow EU users to opt out of some ad targeting
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California OAL Approves CPRA Regulations
The California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) has formally approved the California Privacy Protection Agency’s (CPPA’s) first substantial rulemaking package on the CPRA. This marks the conclusion of an eighteen-month rulemaking process.
Listen to Osano Co-Founder Arlo Gilbert on the "She Said Privacy/He Said Security" podcast!
On the most recent episode of “She Said Privacy/He Said Security,” Osano Co-Founder and CEO Arlo Gilbert spoke with hosts Jodi Daniels of Red Clover Advisors and Justin Daniels of Baker Donelson on how AI is advancing privacy SaaS platforms, the types of organizations developing privacy programs, and how Osano helps companies manage privacy. Listen to the episode below!
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Arlo Gilbert is the CEO & co-founder of Osano. An Austin, Texas native, he has been building software companies for more than 25 years in categories including telecom, payments, procurement, and compliance. In 2005 Arlo invented voice commerce, he has testified before congress on technology issues, and is a frequent speaker on data privacy rights.