Iavoca app in the App Store.

An artificial intelligence (AI) app that promises to ‘replace lawyers’ work’ has been launched in France. The legal community immediately protested.

According to the French daily Le Parisien on the 12th (local time), an app called IAVOCAT, developed by an entrepreneur from Lyon, was uploaded to the App Store on the 1st of this month.

This app promotes legal consultation services with phrases such as ‘What would take a lawyer a year to solve in just 1 minute’, ‘No formal certification, but you can compete with any lawyer’, and ‘Virtual lawyer at your fingertips’. there is.

This app explained that it used court rulings and decisions made in France over the past 50 years as its basis. At the same time, it was introduced as a legal expert AI similar to ChatGPT, an AI chatbot.

This app, which allows you to receive legal advice for an annual fee of 69 euros (about 100,000 won, 149 euros for premium), has already been downloaded by more than 20,000 people in just 10 days after its launch.

The French legal community immediately raised the issue. It is illegal to practice as a lawyer without a formal lawyer’s license, and errors were found in the app, such as citing non-existent legal provisions.

Some also raised concerns that personal information in the ruling used as data could be leaked given that the parent company of this app is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Paris Regional Bar Association also sent an official letter to the developer, requesting that the service be stopped.

The developer counters that his app will only be used to provide legal advice to internet users and that he will modify some features but has no intention of withdrawing the service altogether.

Shin Min-kyung, Hankyung.com reporter [email protected]