ChatGPT’s incognito mode? Users can disable chat history to protect data

OpenAI is also actively working on a “ChatGPT Business subscription" plan that offers additional data privacy controls for professionals.
Mrigakshi Dixit
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaking at a conference.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman speaking at a conference.

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ChatGPT has garnered a great deal of attention around the world, which has also led to growing concerns about the use of data shared by users on this AI-powered platform. Every day, a plethora of information is shared, but what exactly happens is unknown.

And it appears that ChatGPT has been working to improve user data protection in the face of backlash from Italy and others over the privacy violation.

On Tuesday, April 25, OpenAI announced in its official blog post the introduction of a new feature that allows users to turn off their conversation histories. In this way, users' information cannot be used to improve and train the artificial intelligence (AI) model on which ChatGPT is based.

Although, the company may still use the conversations shared on the platform prior to this setting as well as from the individuals who haven't activated this feature.

"Conversations that are started when chat history is disabled won't be used to train and improve our models, and won't appear in the history sidebar. These controls, which are rolling out to all users starting today, can be found in ChatGPT's settings and can be changed at any time," said the blog post. 

Conversations kept for 30 days

Data from the users who have activated this feature will be kept for at least 30 days before being completely deleted, according to the blog post. This method will help track any abusive behavior on the AI platform.

"When chat history is disabled, we will retain new conversations for 30 days and review them only when needed to monitor for abuse, before permanently deleting" them, the company added. 

OpenAI product executive Nicholas Turley compared it to an internet browser's "incognito mode," reported Reuters.

Individuals can enable this new feature by going to the account settings option of ChatGPT. This could significantly protect sensitive information shared by users on this trending AI chatbot at times. 

As per other reports, even before this feature, the San Francisco-based startup has been training its ChattGPT software to identify and filter out personal user information shared on the bot. And it will continue to work in this domain. 

Other privacy features

The AI company is also actively working on a "ChatGPT Business subscription" plan that offers additional data privacy controls, particularly for professionals. This subscription-based feature may be available within the next few months, however, not many details are revealed about this feature at the moment.

Another way to keep track of your data on ChatGPT is to use the "Export" option to collect information shared on the platform. This can be done by going to your account settings and selecting the Export data option, after which an email will be sent to you.

Recently, there have been numerous complaints raised against ChatGPT regarding the use of data shared by millions of users. The platform has triggered AI regulation rules across various parts of the globe. Recently, the AI platform was temporarily banned due to security concerns in Italy. According to a report, France and Spain have also expressed similar concerns about user privacy.

Despite this, there is still no clear answer as to how safe the ChatGPT platform is for users who continue to use it and share information. Time will be the ultimate judge.

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