EU privacy watchdog creates ChatGPT task force

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EU privacy watchdog EDPB creates ChatGPT watchdog


FACT BOX: ChatGPT only has training data unto the year 2021. It can not create output based on data after this date. 

European Data Protection Board (EDPB) represent the national watchdogs of all EU member states. Last month Italy unilaterally passed laws to ban the use of ChatGPT, becoming the first Western country to do so. Italy cited privacy and security concerns for the ban. Today the EDPB’s new Taskforce brings the EU one step closer to a unified common policy regarding privacy laws concerning artificial intelligence.

ChatGPT, a machine learning, natural language processing program that grabbed public attention globally for its ability to write answers quickly to a wide range of queries. The program has grown to be the fastest-growing consumer application in history with more than 100 million monthly active users, while raising questions about threats it may pose to safety, privacy and jobs.

The program itself has also lead to a large number of students being caught cheating in assignments, where the students type the question into the program and simply copy and paste the response. However the output is often far from accurate and is limited to learning data sets dated 2021 or older. The feedback loop for output improvement is also vulnerable to large scale manipulation that can force the program into learning manufactured malicious outputs.

It should be noted that there are a plethora of ChatGPT alternatives around the world, predominantly from China, Russia and USA. Although such programs are based on skills commonly taught at MSc level across the globe.

“The EDPB members discussed the recent enforcement action undertaken by the Italian data protection authority against OpenAI about the Chat GPT service,” an EDPB statement 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.”

A source at one national watchdog who asked not to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media said member states hoped to align their policy positions but this would take time. The source said member states were not seeking to punish or make rules that will affect Microsoft Corp-backed ChatGPT owner OpenAI, but rather to create general policies that “are transparent” around privacy and security concerns around the artificial intelligence and machine learning industry.

They said attendees at Thursday’s meeting included policy experts who presented opinions and exchanged ideas, rather than being decision makers. The EDPB is an independent body that oversees data protection rules in the EU, and it is composed of national data protection watchdogs from each member state.



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