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FTC Announces Enforcement Capabilities and Challenge to Combat AI Voice Deepfakes

The FTC has been given enhanced authority to demand documents during AI investigations. This new power streamlines the documentation request process


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given itself with enhanced authority to demand documents during investigations involving artificial intelligence (AI). The unanimous decision by officials to approve a resolution allows Commission staff to issue civil investigative demands (CIDs), akin to subpoenas, when probing AI-centric corporate activities. This new power streamlines the documentation request process and is designated to last for a decade. The agency acknowledges AI's potential for both innovation and misuse, and through this move, aims to bolster its capability to regulate fraudulent or deceptive AI practices effectively.

Cracking Down on AI Misconduct

The FTC underscores that whilst AI can be leveraged for myriad advantageous applications, it also poses a risk of being employed in fraudulent, deceptive, or privacy-infringing activities. The appropriated resolution aids in expediting investigations in the evolving sphere of artificial intelligence, which is becoming increasingly significant in the trade landscape. Concerns raised by the agency include the potential for dominant companies to monopolize essential AI inputs or technologies, which could present anticompetitive issues.

Combatting Voice Deepfakes

In parallel with enhancing its investigatory capacities, the FTC is confronting the emerging issue of voice — synthetic audio generated by AI algorithms that can mimic human voices with alarming accuracy. This deceptive technology can lead to serious infractions, such as unauthorized access to sensitive information or extortion.

To address this growing concern, the FTC has initiated the “FTC Voice Cloning Challenge,” seeking innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to detect and deter AI-generated audio fraud. The winners of this challenge are set to receive a $25,000 reward, with additional monetary prizes for runners-up and honorable mentions. Should the competition not yield effective strategies, the FTC warns of a potential need for more stringent regulation of voice cloning technologies to forestall their detrimental application in the market.

As part of its comprehensive approach, the FTC asserts its commitment to enforcing existing laws and continuing the search for preventative tools against AI-related harms. Specific scrutiny is directed toward prominent entities such as OpenAI's ChatGPT, to ensure their compliance with consumer protection laws that safeguard against violations and reputational damage. The focused oversight by the FTC signifies a proactive stance in the regulatory realm, adapting to the challenges posed by the rapidly advancing field of artificial intelligence.

Earlier this month,  has devised a comprehensive plan to safeguard electoral processes from the threat of AI-generated  and potential misinformation. The company is preparing to introduce a service named “Content Credentials as a Service,” a tool designed to preserve the integrity of political content. Developed by the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), this initiative intends to apply a digital watermark that certifies the authenticity of campaign materials, including detailed metadata about the content's origins.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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