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FCC Makes It Official: AI-Generated Voices In Robocalls Are Illegal

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The FCC has ruled that robocalls using AI-generated voices are illegal, aiming to crack down on scammers who use voice-cloning technology.

The ruling clarifies that generating a voice with AI for a robocall is illegal in itself.

“Bad actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, imitate celebrities, and misinform voters,” FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated. “We’re putting the fraudsters behind these robocalls on notice.”

The technology has become increasingly sophisticated and cheaper, leading to rising prevalence in phone scams.

“Don’t try it,” New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella said.

“If you do, we will work together to investigate, we will work together with partners across the country to find you, and we will take any enforcement action available to us under the law. The consequences for your actions will be severe,” he said.

This comes after New Hampshire voters received calls from a digitally generated voice impersonating President Biden, prompting a criminal investigation and a warning from the state’s Attorney General.

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