Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., said it has made its Bard chatbot available to customers in the European Union and Brazil and that it can now produce responses in more than 40 languages, including Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish.
Bard, which launched in roughly 180 countries earlier this year, is only now being available in the EU. According to the corporation, the delay resulted from a lack of assurance regarding the AI service’s compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.
But before to the EU deployment, Google Senior Product Director Jack Krawczyk told reporters that the US tech giant had “very productive conversations with privacy regulators here in Europe.” We anticipate that the conversation will be ongoing as we work to increase openness and choice.
According to him, Google will now clearly inform customers of how their data is being collected, processed, and kept and give them the option of not allowing the company’s staff to listen in on discussions in order to better understand and develop the product. These choices for control will be accessible everywhere, not just in the EU.
The introduction of technological products in the EU is being held back by legislation more and more. Threads, the newest software from Meta Platforms Inc., has not yet been made available in all 27 EU nations. According to a person familiar with the situation, this is because the corporation needs more time to determine how the EU would implement new competition laws that forbid gatekeepers from merging data from other platforms.
Large language model chat systems have already run into legal snags in Europe because to pre-existing data protection rules. For instance, due to connected problems, Italy briefly shut down OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
Due to regulatory concerns, Meta’s Threads App Won’t Launch in the EU.
Google announced additional capabilities for Bard in select locations, including the option to upload images with questions, hear responses said aloud, and have the AI tool analyse photos, in a blog post timed to the release.