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Here’s Where the World Stands in AI Regulations - Approaches Vary on the Global Scale

While some countries are looking to implement full-scale regulations, some are just exploring the risks of AI.

AI regulations vary across the globe.
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As the AI market grows and maintains considerable potential, lawmakers from all around the world shifted their focus to the area. The United States was one of the first ones who explicitly say it was more concerned about AI than crypto. However, it is not the only country that is looking into AI.

Even though most countries adopt a certain approach to AI, they vary in style. While some countries prefer to implement full-scale regulations, some only examine the possible risks of AI to prevent potential risks.

Countries that Implemented AI Regulations

China and Italy came out as the two major countries that took a regulatory step against AI. Even though they were both temporary, they were still legal implementations.

In July, China implemented temporary regulations to require security assessments and algorithm filing for the generative AI industry. Italy, on the other hand, temporarily banned ChatGPT in March and reviewed AI platforms over data protection concerns.

Countries Planning AI Regulations

The European Union and the G7 countries, as well as Britain, Ireland, and Israel, are working on full-scale AI regulations.

The EU is working on the AI Act draft, which deals with issues like facial recognition and biometric surveillance. G7 countries, on the other hand, officially acknowledged the need for AI governance. They hold regular discussions on the matter to plan a regulatory framework. Ireland also recognized the need for proper AI regulations but didn’t take a step towards working on a framework yet.

Israel, on the other hand, is working on AI regulations to balance innovation, human rights, and civic safeguards, collecting public feedback.

Countries that are Investigating Risks

France, Japan, and Spain adopt a different approach towards AI, where they examine the possible breaches before composing a full-scale regulatory framework. France, for example, investigated privacy breaches related to ChatGPT and approved AI video surveillance for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Spain, on the other hand, has conducted a preliminary investigation into potential data breaches by ChatGPT and asked the EU privacy watchdog to evaluate privacy concerns.


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