Portman Applauds Committee Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Approved Portman’s Legislation to Help Policymakers Counter Deepfakes

July 24, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DCToday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, announced that the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) approved the Deepfake Report Act by a bipartisan voice vote.

The bipartisan legislation will direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actually occur. The measure requires DHS to assess the technology used to generate deepfakes, the uses of deepfakes by foreign and domestic entities, and available countermeasures to deepfakes in order to understand the role they can play in undermining U.S. national security, our elections, and other American priorities. The legislation will now go to the Senate floor for a vote.  

“As AI rapidly becomes an intrinsic part of our economy and society, AI-based threats, such as deepfakes have become an increasing threat to our democracy,” said Senator Portman. “Addressing the challenges posed by deepfakes will require policymakers to grapple with important questions related to civil liberties and privacy. This bill prepares our country to answer those questions and address concerns by ensuring we have a sound understanding of this issue. As concerns with deepfakes grow by the day, I applaud my colleagues for approving this bipartisan legislation out of committee, and I hope the Senate will consider and pass it soon.”