OpenAI’s ChatGPT Ban Lifted in Italy Following Compliance with Guidelines

In a recent turn of events, Italy has lifted its ban on the popular chatbot ChatGPT. The ban was initially imposed in March, making Italy one of the first countries to take such action. However, after the Italian authorities provided guidelines for OpenAI to follow, the company complied, leading to the ban’s removal. OpenAI CEO Sam Altman announced the chatbot’s return to Italy in a tweet.

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Increased Transparency for Italian Users

The Italian Guarantor for the Protection of Personal Data (GDPP) acknowledged the progress made by OpenAI in aligning technological advancements with respect for people’s rights. In a statement, the GDPP expressed hope for continued adherence to European data protection legislation.

In compliance with the GDPP’s guidelines, OpenAI published information on its website directed at users and non-users worldwide. This information explains what personal data is used and how it’s processed for algorithm training and reminds individuals of their right to object to such processing.

Additionally, OpenAI has granted everyone in Europe the right to object to their personal data being processed for algorithm training. This can be done through a special online form that’s easily accessible.

Italian users will now see a welcome screen upon the reactivation of ChatGPT in Italy. This screen includes references to the updated privacy policy and the process for handling personal data in algorithm training.

While OpenAI will continue processing specific personal data to ensure the proper functioning of ChatGPT based on contractual agreements, data used for algorithm training will be processed based on legitimate interest unless users exercise their right to object.


The lifting of the ChatGPT ban in Italy demonstrates OpenAI’s commitment to complying with international data protection regulations. As the chatbot becomes available once again, users can enjoy its features with increased transparency and control over their personal data.

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