Google has postponed the launch of its AI chatbot Bard in the European Union after the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) raised privacy concerns. The DPC said that Google had not provided enough information about how Bard will protect the privacy of European users. The DPC is the lead data protection regulator for Google in the EU, and its decision means that Bard cannot be launched in the EU until Google addresses the DPC’s concerns.
The technology is designed to replace third-party cookies with a new system that protects users’ privacy while allowing targeted advertising. However, EU regulators are reportedly concerned that the new system may not adequately protect user data, leading to the delay in its launch.
According to the Irish Data Protection Commission, Google hasn’t provided sufficient details about Bard’s data privacy policies, prompting a postponement of its EU debut. The AI Act, a regulatory framework prioritizing safety, transparency, and non-discrimination for AI systems, is one of the reasons for data privacy concerns. Google must comply with evolving regulations and demonstrate its commitment to responsible AI deployment.
Google said that it is “committed to working with the DPC to address their concerns” and that it “will launch Bard in the EU as soon as possible.”
Here are some of the key points
- Google’s AI chatbot, Bard, is facing a launch delay in Europe due to data privacy concerns.
- The Irish Data Protection Commission has raised concerns about Google’s data privacy policies for Bard.
- The EU has introduced the AI Act, a regulatory framework that prioritizes safety, transparency, and non-discrimination for an AI system
The DPC’s decision is a setback for Google, which has been developing Bard for several years. Bard is a large language model known as a conversational AI or chatbot trained to be informative and comprehensive. It is trained on a massive amount of text data and can communicate and generate human-like text in response to a wide range of prompts and questions.
The DPC’s decision is also a sign of the growing scrutiny that AI systems face from regulators worldwide. As AI systems become more sophisticated, there are growing concerns about their potential to impact privacy, discrimination, and other rights.
The EU is leading the way in regulating AI, and its AI Act is expected to be one of the most comprehensive regulatory frameworks in the world. The AI Act sets out several requirements for AI systems, including transparency, fairness, and accountability.
The DPC’s decision to block the launch of Bard is a sign that the EU is serious about enforcing its AI Act. It also reminds tech companies that they must comply with the law and protect users’ privacy. It is a setback for Google Search Generative Experience (SGE)