US Congress Bans Microsoft Copilot AI Chatbot on Official Devices After ChatGPT: Here’s the Reason

US Congress Bans Microsoft Copilot AI Chatbot on Official Devices

US Congress Bans Microsoft Copilot AI Chatbot on Official Devices: Microsoft’s Copilot was banned from government devices last June because of security concerns.

Amid growing concerns about data security and the possibility of sensitive information going to unauthorized cloud providers, Szpindor made the change.

Following the same restriction placed on ChatGPT last June, Szpindor’s memo said Copilot would be removed from all House Windows devices.

“The Office of Cybersecurity has determined that Microsoft Copilot poses a risk to users due to its potential to leak House data to non-House approved cloud services,” wrote Szpindor.

Microsoft is developing a roadmap of AI tools, including Copilot, to meet federal government compliance and security requirements, despite the higher security requirements of government users.

“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,” the Microsoft spokesperson told Axios.

Axios was informed that the current guidance applies to Copilot’s commercial version. Once the new version is available, the House will determine whether it can be used on its devices. A similar ban was imposed last June on ChatGPT, another AI-based chatbot.

During that time, staff could only use the paid subscription version, and the free version was completely blocked.

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