Why the arrival of Google Bard in France is not for now

Google intended to launch its chatbot Bard in the European Union, but was rebuffed. Its tool does not comply with data protection legislation, in particular the famous GDPR.

Another GDPR problem for Google. A little over a month ago, his chatbot Bard was launched, but is still not available in France or the rest of the European Union. It seems that it is not about to happen, unless Google complies with the requirements of the public authorities.

Google Bard will not arrive in Europe immediately, since the EU does not want it

The media Politico reports that the Irish Data Protection Commission (Irish Data Protection Commission) said that Google had not provided enough information about how Bard protects the privacy of European citizens. It is this public authority that supervises Google with regard to data protection within the European Union, mainly within the framework of the GDPR.

The Irish Data Protection Commission clarified that it had “not received detailed information or seen a data protection impact assessment or any supporting documentation at this stagehe asked Google. On the side of the latter, we deny having done anything: a spokesperson indicated that Google has engaged with experts, regulators and political decision-makers, in order to answer their questions.

What future for AI chatbots in the European Union?

This is not the first hiccup for an artificial intelligence tool for its operation in Europe. We remember the blocking of ChatGPT in Italy last March, for reasons of protection of personal data. A month later, OpenAI updated its policy and complied with requests from Italian authorities. The company had added the possibility of managing its data, but also limitations on the age of users.

If AI must evolve on this point, this is also the case for legislation around the world which must deal with these new forms of IT tools that are generative artificial intelligences. Authorities in the United Kingdom and the United States are currently studying the implications for competition of AI, its monetization and deployment. Coming back to the European Union, if the GDPR, the DSA and the DMA already set limits, we are waiting for theAI Act, legislation dedicated to artificial intelligence. But, for the moment, it does not specifically take into account the automatic generation tools for images, text or even music.

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