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Top News – Indiana to enact state privacy law; ChatGPT introduces privacy feature and more

Indiana to become 7th state to enact a comprehensive privacy law

Senate Bill No. 5, a state privacy law similar to the existing state laws, was passed by the Indiana House on the 11th of April. The Indiana State law will go into effect in 2026, leaving room for further changes. Taking after Virginia’s and Utah’s State laws, Indiana will have provisions that are easy for industries to adapt to. The state law is similar to that of Iowa’s, which was passed earlier this year. Read more

OpenAI introduces new privacy feature on ChatGPT

Users can now switch off their ‘chat history’ on ChatGPT. This feature has been brought about after concerns over the company's data collection practices. With this feature, users disallow their conversations on ChatGPT from being used to train their algorithm. However, the conversation will be retained for 30 days for the company to review it for abuse, after which they claim to delete it permanently. Read more

Italian public health admin center fined for lax data protection practices

Garante imposed a €50,000 fine on Azienda Sanitaria Locale – Local Health Unit, the center of administrative operations related to Public Healthcare in Italy under the National Healthcare Service, for violating multiple articles of the GDPR. It was found that ASL’s website allowed third parties to access hundreds of documents of personal information, contact details, and health information of its patients. Read more

Italy to Lift ChatGPT Ban

Garante, The Italian DPA had previously blocked ChatGPT in Italy to stop the processing of data of Italian users until certain privacy measures are brought about, has now agreed to lift the ban should OpenAI make certain changes that comply with EU regulations. These changes include increased transparency, consumer rights, and safeguards for minors. OpenAI has latest until 30th September to comply before the ban becomes for permanent. Read more

Uber allegedly charges more if the phone battery is low

A small study conducted by Belgian newspaper Derniere Heure found that Uber charged 6% more for the same journey booked by users whose battery was below 12% when compared to users whose battery was higher. Uber has since denied the allegations. Read more


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