On July 13, 2023, the Cybersecurity Administration of China (“CAC”), in conjunction with six other agencies, jointly issued the Interim Administrative Measures for Generative Artificial Intelligence Services (《生成式人工智能管理暂行办法》) (“Generative AI Measures” or “Measures”) (official Chinese version here). The Generative AI Measures are set to take effect on August 15, 2023.
As the first comprehensive AI regulation in China, the Measures cover a wide range of topics touching upon how Generative AI Services are developed and how such services can be offered. These topics range from AI governance, training data, tagging and labeling to data protection and user rights. In this blog post, we will spotlight a few most important points that could potentially impact a company’s decision to develop and deploy their Generative AI Services in China.
This final version follows a first draft which was released for public consultation in April 2023 (see our previous post here). Several requirements were removed from the April 2023 draft, including, for example, the prohibition of user profiling, user real-name verification, and the requirement to take measures within three months through model optimization training to prevent illegal content from being generated again. However, several provisions in the final version remain vague (potentially by design) and leave room to future regulatory guidance as the generative AI landscape continues to evolve.