OpenAI, the artificial intelligence (AI) research organization behind the popular ChatGPT language model, has announced a number of new features to give users more control over their data and improve their privacy when using the platform.
Privacy concerns resolved with new chat history feature
One of the most important updates is the ability to disable chat history in ChatGPT.
This feature allows users to interact with the AI model without using those interactions to train and improve future model versions.
Previously, conversations were saved with ChatGPT and could be used for training purposes.
With the new update, users now have the option to disable chat history in ChatGPT’s settings, which prevents the retention and use of conversations for model training.
OpenAI’s announcement states:
“Conversations started with chat history disabled are not used to train and improve our models and do not appear in the history sidebar.”
OpenAI hopes this feature will provide users with an easier way to manage their data than the existing opt-out process.
While chat history can be disabled, OpenAI found that new conversations persist for 30 days, but only to monitor for abuse.
After 30 days, these conversations are permanently deleted.
This feature can be compared to using Google in Incognito mode, which does not save or track your search and browsing activities.
Just as Google Chrome’s incognito mode ensures that a user’s browsing history is not saved, ChatGPT’s disable chat history feature prevents the saving and use of user conversations for model training purposes.
Both features provide privacy and security for users who may not want their activities, searches, or interactions to be recorded.
ChatGPT Business subscription under development
In addition to the chat history feature, OpenAI is working on a new ChatGPT Business subscription aimed at professionals and businesses looking for more control over their data.
ChatGPT Business follows OpenAI’s API data usage guidelines, which means that end-user data is not used to train the AI models by default.
The ChatGPT Business subscription is expected to be available in the coming months.
Easier data export
To further enable users to understand and manage their data, OpenAI introduces an export option in ChatGPT settings.
This feature allows users to export their ChatGPT data and receive a file containing their conversations and other relevant data via email.
The announcement of OpenAI comes as privacy concerns continue to grow among users of AI and machine learning platforms.
The enhanced privacy controls for ChatGPT users aim to address these concerns and give them more control over their data and transparency over how it’s being used.
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