Italian city Trento fined $54K for misuse of AI

The municipality of Trento was fined for its misuse of AI technology during a scientific research project using cameras, microphones and social networks, making it the first Italian city to receive such a fine.

The Italian city of Trento has become the first city in the country to receive a fine for its misuse of artificial intelligence (AI), according to a release from the Italian Data Protection Authority.

Trento conducted two scientific research projects using cameras, microphones and social networks that used AI and broke data protection legislation. The city became the first local administration to be reprimanded by the Italian data watchdog with a fine of 50,000 euros ($54,373).

The Italian privacy authority said it recognized the municipality acted in good faith but found that the data collected was not anonymous enough nor was it correctly shared with third parties.

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