EU Demands Microsoft’s AI Tool Data by May 27, Threatens Fines

EU threatens Microsoft with fines if AI tool data isn’t provided by May 27, citing potential risks under Digital Services Act.

Reports from May 17 indicate that the European Union is still seeking more information about some of Microsoft’s generative artificial intelligence tools and services. Today, the European Commission, the EU regulator, requested Microsoft to submit the relevant information by May 27.

In a press release today, the European Commission stated that it had earlier this year asked Microsoft for information about “Copilot in Bing” and “Image Creator by Designer” to determine if these services violate the EU’s Digital Services Act.

The European Commission mentioned that Microsoft has not yet provided the relevant information and has now set a new deadline for its submission. The statement further added:

european union flag ccThe request for information is based on concerns that the Bing search engine might be in violation of the Digital Services Act due to risks posed by generative AI, such as the viral spread of ‘hallucination content’, deep fake content, and the manipulation of services to mislead voters.

Under the Digital Services Act, designated services, including Bing, must perform adequate risk assessments and implement appropriate risk mitigation measures.

The Commission also noted that the use of generative AI is particularly worrying this year because it could be used to influence the European Parliament elections in June.

If Microsoft does not provide the requested information about its generative AI tools by May 27, regulators could fine the company up to 1% of Microsoft’s total annual revenue.

Additionally, Microsoft could face the same fine if it submits “incorrect, incomplete, or misleading information” to the Commission.

In December 2023, the European Commission officially launched an investigation into Company X (formerly Twitter) to determine if the social network violated the Digital Services Act.

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In April this year, the European Commission began an investigation into TikTok to assess whether the launch of TikTok Lite in France and Spain violated the Digital Services Act.

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EU Demands Microsoft’s AI Tool Data by May 27, Threatens Fines

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