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OpenAI rival Anthropic launches Claude chatbot in Europe

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European regulatory challenges

Europe is known for its strict regulations governing tech companies. In April this year, EU lawmakers reached a provisional political agreement on what could be the world’s first set of regulations for AI by a major legislative body.

In January, UK and EU regulators scrutinized Microsoft’s investments in OpenAI, suggesting a potential review. Although later reports indicated that Microsoft might not face any problems, the situation underscored the regulatory hurdles that companies face in the EU.

Things can become even more complex when competition gets involved. For instance, Google Cloud, along with AWS and Europe-based Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe (CISPE), recently protested against Microsoft’s cloud software licensing practices in the EU.

“Claude’s rigorous adherence to these stringent European regulations is imperative,” said Thomas George, president of CyberMedia Group. “This commitment not only elevates the standards of data privacy and security but [potentially] positions Claude as a benchmark for responsible AI use within the industry. On the cybersecurity front, Claude’s integration introduces significant challenges and opportunities. Such AI models’ extensive use of data highlights the critical need for robust security measures.”

Efforts to expand amid competition

Anthropic’s expansion to Europe could mark its latest growth strategy following several earlier announcements this year.

In March, the company upgraded its flagship models to a new 3.0 standard, enhancing performance across a range of common tasks and increasing processing speeds.

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