Google Delays EU Launch of AI Chatbot Bard Amid Privacy Concerns Raised by Regulator

Google has decided to delay the launch of its AI chatbot, Bard, in the European Union (EU) after concerns were raised by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC), which serves as the company’s lead data protection authority in the region. The DPC stated that Google had not provided adequate information and documentation, including a data protection impact assessment (DPIA), ahead of the planned launch date. Consequently, the launch will not proceed as scheduled until the DPC’s questions are answered by Google.