OpenAI has officially confirmed that it is preparing to open soon its first office in the territory of the European Union. Will be in Dublin, the capital of Ireland, and its opening will also mean that the company. will make several hirings of personnel in the area, strategic not only for its operation, but also for the approval of future regulations and standards in the area.
Ireland has established itself as the gateway to Europe for the majority of technology companies from other regions. Especially for American women. From there, thanks to their rates and taxes that are more favorable to them than those in the rest of the EU countries, they are in charge of managing their operations in the region, and also of working to strengthen ties with clients and regulators of the European Union.
The company, which already has offices in San Francisco and London, already has several selection processes open for the new office, as can be seen on its positions to be filled page. Among them are several positions focused on payroll and human resources, as well as several for customer service. But also a general counsel for EMEA, a policy and agreements manager, a privacy program manager, a software engineer for privacy-related issues and a media relations manager.
These vacancies, nine in total, give many clues about the orientation that OpenAI will have in the European Union, and is also a sign that it is trying to demonstrate to EU officials that they are serious about everything related to the preservation of the privacy.
OpenAI has already faced quite a bit of controversy in Europe for its management and use of the ChatGPT AI chatbot. Last March, Italy ordered its blocking due to doubts about the privacy of the data it used, and how it could be processing its users’ data illegally. Also due to the possible lack of protection measures for minors. The company then put several controls in place, and approved several privacy-related measures. Thanks to that, it was able to resume its activity in Italy, and avoid its blockade in more countries in the area.
That has not been an obstacle to the fact that just a few weeks ago a researcher filed a lawsuit in Poland against the company for repeatedly violating data protection. The plaintiff alleges that OpenAI has violated the GDPR due to its lack of transparency, violation of data access rights, or its irregular data processing.
Furthermore, soon you will have to face the approval of the AI Law in the EU, which will lay the foundation for the governance of AI applications. It will be the first of the main Artificial Intelligence regulations in the world, and will surely serve as a model for future regulations. It is likely that not only OpenAI, but also other AI-related companies, will have to make changes in areas such as privacy, security and data processing after the approval of this law.