Apple has taken steps to limit how its employees may utilise ChatGPT and other generative AI chatbots. Following Samsung’s lead, the Cupertino corporation reportedly forbade the usage of ChatGPT and comparable generative AI chatbots in the workplace.
After OpenAI on Thursday announced the release of the ChatGPT app for iOS, Apple has announced the ban. The software, which has started to roll out in the US, is anticipated to be made accessible in more nations in the upcoming weeks. It is still unclear, though, if ChatGPT will continue to function on iOS devices given Apple’s internal prohibition on its use.
With a focus on protecting sensitive information, this action is in response to growing worries about data security and privacy. In light of these worries, sources claim that Apple is aggressively creating its own AI technology.
Apple may be justifiably concerned that its staff may submit information about secret projects into the system given the usefulness of ChatGPT for activities like code improvement and idea generation. Although there is no proof that ChatGPT is subject to such assaults, research indicates that it is also feasible to harvest training data from some language models using its chat interface.
With the discovery of cases where critical business code had been published on the site, Samsung also imposed a ban on ChatGPT as reported earlier by Koinreport. The biggest concern was that this information would end up being stored on other systems, which would make retrieval and deletion difficult or perhaps impossible.
According to reports, Samsung is also aggressively working on creating internal AI tools for a variety of activities, such as software development, document summarization, and translation. The decision to ban the usage of generative AI systems on the company’s internal networks was made by Samsung because of concern that data security would be compromised.
Interestingly, not long after several EU countries started looking into the tool for possible privacy violations, OpenAI introduced a feature in April that allows users to disable chat history. However, even with this setting turned on, OpenAI still keeps conversations for 30 days with the option to review them “for abuse” before permanently deleting them. Due to similar data-related issues, organisations including Amazon, Accenture, JPMorgan, Verizon, and others have prohibited their workers from using ChatGPT. With the leading global companies taking such active stances, it is to be seen what AI will look like in the future.