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During the Google I/O 2023, it was revealed that Google Bard would be undergoing a substantial expansion, it was announced in the event that it will extend the release of the AI chatbot to 180 countries. However, the European Union and Canada are still excluded from accessing Bard.
Google has listed all 180 on a Google support page in which Google Bard is available now. The Winfuture asked Google chatbot Bard why Google Bard isn’t available in the EU countries and Bard said that the GDPR is the reason for the lack of support in EU countries.
Google Bard is not available in any European Union countries and Canada due to legal issues surrounding data privacy. The EU has strict data privacy laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which require companies to obtain explicit consent from users before collecting and processing their data.
Canada also has strong data privacy laws, such as the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), which require companies to obtain content before collecting, using or disclosing personal information.
Recently, legislation has been introduced by Canadian lawmakers to govern AI. The Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA) makes it obligatory to perform assessments, risk management, monitoring, data anonymization, transparency, and record-keeping practices concerning AI systems. AIDA also includes the implementation of penalties that could amount to up to 3% of a corporation’s worldwide revenue or $10 million.
Google Bard violates these laws because it collects and processes user data without explicit consent. This means that it cannot be used in the EU or Canada without violating their data privacy laws.
Instances of regulatory obstacles regarding next-generation AI tools, such as Bard, are not uncommon. Just recently, Italy prohibited the use of ChatGPT, citing concerns over privacy and data collection. Italian regulatory authorities highlighted that ChatGPT was in violation of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) policies.
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