In a unanimous decision, the Federal Communications Fee (FCC) issued a declaratory ruling Thursday that prohibits the usage of AI-generated voices in robocalls.
Aiming to fight fraud and forestall election interference, the choice expands upon the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 to explicitly prohibit AI voice-cloning applied sciences. The FCC now has the authority to impose penalties on entities liable for illegal robocalls. Carriers are mandated to dam these calls, and the act empowers shoppers and organizations to hunt authorized redress. State Attorneys Basic even have extra enforcement mechanisms below the TCPA to fight and penalize the illicit use of robocall expertise.
FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said:
Unhealthy actors are utilizing AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort susceptible members of the family, imitate celebrities, and misinform voters. We’re placing the fraudsters behind these robocalls on discover. State Attorneys Basic will now have new instruments to crack down on these scams and make sure the public is protected against fraud and misinformation.
This determination is available in response to the more and more refined strategies of fraud facilitated by AI, notably voice cloning applied sciences that emulate actual human voices. Lately in New Hampshire, AI-generated robocalls impersonated President Joe Biden, deceptive voters earlier than the state’s main elections. Quickly afterward, in partnership with the New Hampshire State Lawyer Basic, FCC issued a cease-and-desist order in opposition to Texas-based Lingo Telecom, demanding an instantaneous halt to the robocalls.
The FCC’s regulation is a part of a broader marketing campaign to preemptively handle the malicious use of AI, together with a Notice of Inquiry launched in November 2023 that examined AI’s function in robocalls. This investigation, which additionally concerned a bipartisan Anti-Robocall Process Pressure, finally led to the ban.