Regulator in US has declared robocalls with AI generated voices illegal

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US communications technology regulators on Thursday outlawed fraudulent robocalls made with voices created using rapidly growing artificial intelligence (AI).

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Jessica Rosenworcel justified in a statement, “Malicious actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, impersonate celebrities, and misinform voters. are using it.”

This new incident attracted attention last month when it emerged that an automated phone call with a voice posing as US President Joe Biden urged people not to vote in the Democratic primary held in the state of New Hampshire.

The FCC ruled unanimously that AI-generated voices are “artificial” and therefore violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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The organization said the ruling outlaws voice cloning used in robocall scams, allowing those behind such operations to be prosecuted.

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The TCPA is the primary law the FCC uses to curb so-called “junk calls.”

“State attorneys general will now have new tools to combat these frauds,” Rosenworcel said.

Regulators said that previously, law enforcement agencies could prosecute people for the consequences of scams such as fraud made with the help of robocalls, but not for the calls themselves.

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The volume of these types of calls has skyrocketed in recent years with the help of automated calling systems, some of which disguise original phone numbers to appear to be from a local person.

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A coalition of 26 state attorneys general was among those urging the FCC to restrict the use of AI-generated voices in telemarketing calls.

“Technology advances and expands by the minute, and we must ensure that these new developments are not used to exploit, deceive or defraud consumers,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry said in a letter the group submitted to the FCC in January. Or is not used to manipulate.” ,

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