OpenAI gives users the option to turn off their chat history in ChatGPT. Conversations are not used to train OpenAI’S AI models. Chats are permanently deleted from the company’s systems after thirty days.
OpenAI will make the new privacy option available to users starting Tuesday. Users can specify in the ChatGPT settings that their chat history may not be saved. When users do, their chat conversations are not used for training the AI models that OpenAI creates. Conversations with the chatbot will therefore no longer appear in the sidebar of the service.
New conversations are kept for up to thirty days if chat history is disabled, according to OpenAI. According to the company, those conversations are only accessed if it is necessary to check them for abuse. After thirty days, the conversations will be permanently deleted. There will also be an option that will allow users to ” more easily export their ChatGPT data.” Users who do so will receive a file containing chat conversations and ‘all other relevant data’ sent to their email address.
OpenAI says it is working on a ChatGPT Business plan. That service would be intended for professionals who “need more control over their data”, in addition to companies that want to manage their end users. By default, data from ChatGPT Business is not used to train OpenAI’s models. The new subscription should come out ” in the coming months.”
The new options follow privacy concerns around the service in a number of countries. ChatGPT is currently being researched in France, Ireland and Germany, among others. Privacy regulators in Europe are thus investigating whether OpenAI processes user data without the appropriate consent, which is in violation of the GDPR. By default, conversations with ChatGPT are used by OpenAI to improve their models.
Italy banned ChatGPT last month. The Italian then said that ChatGPT should be allowed to become available again in the country if OpenAI gave consumers the option to object to the processing of their data, writes Reuters. OpenAI cto Mira Murati tells that the new privacy options were not introduced as a response to the ban in Italy. The company says it has been working for months to give users more control over data collection.