The U.S. House of Representatives has set a strict ban on congressional staffers' use of Microsoft's Copilot generative AI assistant, reports claim.AI 

US Government Office Prohibits Use of Microsoft’s AI Tools Such as Copilot

(Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives has placed a strict ban on congressional staffers using Microsoft’s Copilot generative AI assistant, Axios reported on Friday.

“The Office of Cybersecurity has deemed Microsoft Copilot a risk to users because House information is at risk of leaking to non-House-approved cloud services,” House Administrative Director Catherine Szpindor said, according to an Axios report. .

“We recognize that government users have higher data security requirements, which is why we announced a roadmap for Microsoft AI tools like Copilot to meet the federal government’s security and compliance requirements, which we plan to deliver later this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters. .

The U.S. House of Representatives’ chief administrative office did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Policymakers have looked at potential risks in federal agencies’ adoption of artificial intelligence, as well as the adequacy of safeguards to protect individual privacy and ensure fair treatment.

Last year, two Democratic and two Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation to ban the use of artificial intelligence that creates content depicting false candidates in political ads to influence federal elections.

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