AI-generated voices in robocalls are now illegal

AI-generated voices  It is now illegal for robocallers to use AI-generated voices, thanks to a new ruling from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday.

in unanimous decision, the FCC has expanded the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, or TCPA, to cover robocall scams involving AI voice clones. The new rule comes into effect immediately, allowing the Commission to fine companies and block providers for making these types of calls.

“Bad actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, impersonate celebrities, and misinform voters,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statement Thursday. ” “We are alerting the fraudsters behind these robocalls.”

The move comes days after the FCC and New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella identified Life Corporation as behind mysterious robocalls impersonating President Joe Biden ahead of the state’s primary election last month. At a Tuesday press conference, Formella said his office had opened a criminal investigation into the company and its owner, Walter Monk.

The FCC first announced its plan to outlaw AI-generated robocall scams by updating the TCPA last week. The agency has used the law in the past to take action against junk callers, including conservative activists and pranksters Jacob Wohl and Jack Berkman. In 2021, FCC fined them even more $5 million to run a massive robocalling scheme Discouraging voters from voting by mail in the 2020 election.

“Although this generative AI technology is new, and it poses many challenges, we already have a lot of the tools we need to meet that challenge,” Nicolas Garcia, policy advisor at Public Knowledge, tells WIRED. “We can enforce existing laws like TCPA and a regulatory agency like the FCC have the flexibility and expertise to respond and respond to thesethreats in real time.”

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