US senators drill into FTC’s work to track AI attacks on older citizens

The senators asked the FTC chair four questions about AI scam data collection practices to find out if the commission can identify AI-powered scams and address them accordingly.

Four United States senators have written to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan requesting information on efforts taken by the FTC to track the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in scamming older Americans.

In the letter addressed to Khan, U.S.

Underlining the importance of understanding the extent of the threat in order to counter it, they stated:

“We ask that FTC share how it is working to gather data on the use of AI in scams and ensure it is accurately reflected in its Consumer Sentinel Network (Sentinel) database.”

Consumer Sentinel is the FTC’s investigative cyber tool used by federal, state or local law enforcement agencies, which includes reports about various scams.

The senators wanted to know if the FTC has the capacity to identify AI-powered scams and tag them accordingly in Sentinel.

The lawmakers also requested a breakdown of Sentinel’s data to identify the popularity and success rates of each type of scam.

Casey is also the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which studies issues related to older Americans.

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