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Samsung bans AI use over data leak

Samsung bans AI use over data leak

Samsung is cracking down on the use of generative AI services after sensitive data from Samsung was accidentally leaked to ChatGPT.

The electronics behemoth intends to temporarily ban the use of generative AI tools on company-owned devices, including computers, tablets, and phones, as well as non-company-owned devices running on internal networks.

The restriction would apply not only to ChatGPT but also to services that utilise the technology, such as Microsoft’s Bing, as well as competing generative AI services, such as Google’s Bard.

The restriction would only apply to devices supplied by Samsung to its employees, excluding customers and those who own Samsung phones, laptops, and other linked gadgets. It’s unclear whether it’s already in effect or when it will be.

The ban, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg on Monday, would be temporary, lasting until the company implements “security measures to create a secure environment for safely using generative AI to enhance employees’ productivity and efficiency.”

According to the source, the South Korean-based IT firm is working on its own in-house AI technologies for “software development and translation.”

Since its launch last November, OpenAI’s generative AI chatbot ChatGPT has gained massive popularity worldwide, with people relying on it to provide text-based answers to everything from basic research to business tasks and more.

However, the company has been working to resolve some of the more contentious issues in order to lift some of the more visible bans. Recently, ChatGPT services were restored in Italy after OpenAI announced plans to implement new privacy safeguards.

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