Published on May 18, 2024, 5:20 am

Title: “Microsoft Faces Eu Scrutiny Over Failure To Disclose Risks Of Generative Ai Tools”

Microsoft is facing potential consequences from the European Union (EU) for failing to disclose information on the risks associated with generative AI tools. The EU has set a deadline of May 27 for Microsoft to submit necessary documents detailing the potential dangers stemming from Bing’s generative AI features, specifically mentioning its AI assistant Copilot and image generator Image Creator by Designer. Concerns raised by the EU suggest that these tools could jeopardize “civic discourse and electoral processes.”

If Microsoft fails to comply with the request by the specified date, fines based on the Digital Services Act (DSA) for Very Large Online Search Engines (VLOSEs) could amount to up to one percent of Microsoft’s global annual turnover. The suspicion centers around possible breaches of the DSA due to risks associated with generative AI, such as ‘hallucinations’, proliferation of deepfakes, and automated manipulation that could mislead voters.

The commission highlighted generative AI as a specific risk concerning the integrity of electoral processes, particularly regarding the upcoming elections for the European Parliament in June. In case Microsoft continues to withhold the requested information, penalties up to 5 percent of its average daily income or worldwide annual turnover may be imposed.

In related news, the EU recently approved a significant regulation known as the AI Act. This legislation sets forth regulations governing oversight and enforcement procedures for AI technologies categorized as “high risk.” Moreover, it prohibits certain risky applications of AI like emotion recognition, predictive policing, and any form of AI that can manipulate human behavior or exploit vulnerabilities.

Concurrently, utilizing the DSA framework, investigations are being carried out by the EU into various social media platforms including TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram. These probes aim to ensure child safety and emotional well-being across these platforms amid growing concerns in these areas.

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