US Congress bans employees from using Microsoft’s AI Copilot, reports Axios

The US House of Representatives has passed a strict ban on the use of Microsoft’s Copilot generative AI assistant by congressional staff, Axios reported on Friday.

According to Axios, House Chief Administrative Officer Katherine Szpindor said, “The Microsoft CoPilot application has been deemed a risk to users by the Cybersecurity Office due to the threat of leaking House data to non-House approved cloud services.”

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

The US House Chief Administration Office did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Policymakers are looking at potential risks in federal agency adoption of artificial intelligence and the adequacy of safeguards to protect individual privacy and ensure fair treatment.

Last year, two Democratic and two Republican US senators Pur: Legislation to ban the use of artificial intelligence that creates content that falsely portrays candidates in political advertisements to influence federal elections.