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US Congress has strictly banned staff from using this Microsoft technology – Times of India

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The US House of Representatives has reportedly set a strict ban on Congressional staffers’ from using Microsoft’s Copilot generative AI assistant. According to a report in Axioss, “The Microsoft Copilot application has been deemed by the Office of Cybersecurity to be a risk to users due to the threat of leaking House data to non-House approved cloud services,” the House’s Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor said.

What US Congress order says

“The Microsoft Copilot application has been deemed by the Office of Cybersecurity to be a risk to users due to the threat of leaking House data to non-House approved cloud services,” the order said. The guidance further added that Copilot “will be removed from and blocked on all House Windows devices.”
Incidentally, in June last year, the House restricted staffers’ use of ChatGPT, allowing limited use of the paid subscription version while banning the free version. For those unaware, Copilot is Microsoft’s AI-based assistant, built on top of technology from ChatGPT creator OpenAI.
What Microsoft said on the ban
“We recognize that government users have higher security requirements for data. That’s why we announced a roadmap of Microsoft AI tools, like Copilot, that meet federal government security and compliance requirements that we intend to deliver later this year,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters.
Several companies have restricted the use of AI like ChatGPT for employees
Consumer electronics giant Samsung, US investment bank JPMorgan, etailer Amazon and several other big companies have reportedly warned employees not to upload confidential information, including code, to AI tools like ChatGPT.

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