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OpenAI under fire over EU data privacy rules for young users

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OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT, is facing potential fines following accusations of breaching Europe’s flagship data privacy law.

Italy’s Data Protection Authority, known as the Garante, has informed OpenAI about the alleged data protection breaches, although specific details regarding the nature of these breaches and potential actions against the tech firm have not been disclosed.

The primary concern appears to revolve around OpenAI’s failure to adequately monitor content for young users, which has raised worries that younger individuals may be exposed to inappropriate material generated by the chatbot.

OpenAI’s platform requires users to be at least 13 years old, with those under 18 needing parental or legal guardian permission, as stated on its website.

OpenAI’s practices

Furthermore, the Italian watchdog is examining OpenAI’s practices related to the collection of user data for training its chatbot. The Garante has indicated that available evidence suggests violations of provisions within the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This development marks the latest episode in a series of actions taken by Italian authorities concerning OpenAI’s AI tool.

Italy previously imposed a temporary ban on ChatGPT last year, which was the first of its kind in Europe. The ban was subsequently lifted after OpenAI addressed privacy concerns.

Data protection

Under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, companies found in violation of data protection rules can face fines of up to 4% of their global revenue.

It remains uncertain whether OpenAI could face another ban in connection with the Garante’s latest actions.

OpenAI has issued a statement disputing the Italian agency’s claims.

The company asserts that its practices are in alignment with GDPR and other privacy laws and emphasises its commitment to safeguarding user data and privacy.

OpenAI also pledges to actively work on reducing personal data usage in training its systems and states its rejection of requests for private or sensitive information about individuals.

The company further intends to continue cooperating constructively with the Garante.

Regulatory scrutiny

This latest development adds to the challenges facing OpenAI, which has also been subject to increasing legal and regulatory scrutiny in the United States.

Antitrust authorities in both the US and Europe have shown interest in investigating the relationship between Microsoft and OpenAI, raising concerns about potential competition issues.

These concerns intensified after Microsoft played a significant role in reinstating OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, who had briefly been removed from his position by the AI company last year.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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SpaceX funded flying car company boasts huge pre-orders

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Alef Aeronautics, a pioneering flying car company backed by SpaceX, has announced a significant milestone in its journey towards revolutionizing personal transportation.

The California-based firm revealed that preorders for its futuristic electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle have surpassed 2,850, signaling robust demand for its innovative technology.

The Alef Model A, a two-seater flying car, has garnered widespread attention, with eager customers securing preorders by placing a $150 deposit online.

Alef aims to offer customers flexibility by allowing them to withdraw their deposits at any time, ensuring they’re not committed to the purchase.

Groundbreaking offering

With a planned price tag of $300,000 per vehicle, the cumulative order value from the preorders has exceeded $850 million, underscoring the significant market interest in Alef’s groundbreaking offering.

Jim Dukhovny, CEO of Alef Aeronautics, expressed pride in achieving this milestone, highlighting the Model A’s position as the bestselling aircraft in history, surpassing established aviation giants like Boeing and Airbus.

Despite the substantial investment required from prospective buyers, Dukhovny emphasized the necessity of the higher price point for Alef’s startup operations.

Alef is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology and ensuring the utmost safety and performance standards, factors that contribute to the pricing strategy.

The Alef Model A, showcased as a half-size model at the Mobile World Congress, distinguishes itself from competitors with its innovative design.

Unlike traditional eVTOLs, which often resemble drones or helicopters, the Model A bears a closer resemblance to a conventional car, with a mesh shell housing rotors that facilitate vertical takeoff and landing.

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Apple unveils M3 powered MacBook Air

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The unveiling includes updated models in both 13-inch and 15-inch variants, showcasing Apple’s continued innovation in the laptop market.

The M3 chip, initially introduced in October alongside versions for the iMac desktop and MacBook Pro laptops, aims to enhance performance and user experience across Apple’s product lineup.

The introduction of these new MacBook Air laptops comes as Apple reported $7.78 billion in Mac revenue during its fiscal first-quarter earnings, reflecting a modest growth of less than 1%. With the latest computers boasting advanced features and capabilities, Apple anticipates a potential boost in sales.

Key enhancements in the new MacBook Air lineup include sharper 1080p webcams, support for faster Wi-Fi networks, and an impressive battery life of up to 18 hours.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Design is consistent

Despite these improvements, the design of the laptops remains consistent with earlier models.

Notably, the M3 chip enables users to connect up to two external displays, a notable improvement from previous chip iterations which supported only a single screen.

Apple’s marketing strategy around artificial intelligence (AI) takes center stage with the new MacBook Air release.

The company brands the MacBook Air as the “world’s best consumer laptop for AI,” signaling a heightened focus on AI capabilities. This shift in language suggests Apple’s intent to compete with emerging Windows laptops marketed as “AI PCs.”

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Headache for Musk and Tesla as Chinese EV slashes prices

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China’s leading electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer BYD has unveiled a new version of its best-selling car at a price lower than its predecessor.

It signals a fierce price battle in the world’s largest automobile market.

In a bid to maintain its competitive edge, BYD has slashed prices for several models, following similar moves by rivals.

The price change represents a significant 12% reduction compared to the final sales price of its predecessor.

Analysts suggest that BYD’s aggressive pricing strategy aims not only to capture a larger share of the domestic market but also to enhance profitability through increased exports.

As competition intensifies and consumer preferences evolve, manufacturers like BYD are strategically adjusting their pricing strategies to remain competitive and sustain growth both at home and abroad.

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