BRUSSELS, April 13 (Reuters) – The body that unites Europe’s national privacy watchdogs said on Thursday it had set up a task force on ChatGPT, a potentially important first step toward a common policy on setting privacy rules on artificial intelligence.
The move by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) follows a unilateral move by Italy last month to curb ChatGPT – a stance that Germany’s commissioner for data protection said could be followed in Europe’s biggest economy. Spain’s AEPD watchdog said on Thursday that it too would launch a preliminary investigation into potential data breaches by ChatGPT.
ChatGPT, an AI program that grabbed the public’s attention for its ability to write answers quickly to a wide range of queries, 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.
Experts, U.S. government and several other European governments have also expressed concern about the rapid growth of adoption of ChatGPT and similar AI products.
“The EDPB members discussed the recent enforcement action undertaken by the Italian data protection authority against OpenAI about