Europe will have to wait if it wants to test Google Bard. Google was compelled to postpone the launch of its Bard chatbot in the region by the Irish Data Protection Commission (IDPC), the primary data regulator in the European Union.
The generative AI service was due to go live in the EU this week, but according to Graham Doyle, deputy commissioner of IDPC, his agency has not received a “detailed” privacy briefing, a data impact assessment, or any supporting materials.
According to Doyle, the Commission is still conducting an “ongoing examination” of Bard. While it has no estimated completion date for that probe, it intends to share information with other EU data regulators as soon as possible.
A Google representative claims that the firm vowed to increase Bard access “responsibly” after discussing its initiatives with authorities and governments. The spokesman said, “To address their questions and hear feedback, this includes talking to privacy regulars.”
In March, Google started opening up access to Bard by allowing potential users to join up for a waiting list. It got rid of the queue and opened up access to 180 additional nations and territories in May, except some in the EU. According to sources, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU has strict rules on how personal information is collected and shared.