Things you shouldn't share with ChatGPT

July 4, 2023

According to a survey conducted by Business Insider, 43% of workers use Artificial Intelligence tools like ChatGPT or Bing to assist them in their professional tasks, as these tools provide information and function as advanced search engines.

However, as we increasingly rely on these tools, experts emphasize the need to protect our privacy and the sensitive information of companies.

In this regard, it is imperative to note that while an Artificial Intelligence model provides answers, it also generally uses the question and information contained in the query to learn and improve its responsiveness.

Although, in general, the obtained information is used in an aggregated and anonymous manner (without identifying the provider), it should be noted that it can be used later to better understand and respond to new queries, including those made by other users.

Data you should not share with ChatGPT (and similar models)

Therefore, with Artificial Intelligence models like ChatGPT, you should not share any information that can be considered personal, private, secret, or confidential. For example,

  • Data that can identify a specific person, reveal personal information, or facilitate identity theft: full name, date of birth, postal address, ID number, phone number, email address...
  • Confidential data, highly specific programming code from your development, information about undisclosed products, or trade secrets of your company, to prevent them from being exposed due to data leaks or unauthorized access to your model's account, and to avoid their appearance in future responses to other users.
  • Banking data or information that, if leaked, could be used for fraud, identity theft, or social engineering attacks.

Additionally, it is not advisable to share medical data, such as test results or diagnoses, and any other health-related information that could be recorded in your conversation history and linked to your user account in the AI model's app or website.

Some measures for safer queries

When sharing information with Artificial Intelligence models like ChatGPT, it is advisable to take certain measures to protect your privacy, data, and sensitive or confidential information:

  • Include in your query only public and limited information, avoiding personal data that identifies an individual.
  • If necessary, use fictional or generic information and avoid providing details that could link you to other people, companies, or places.
  • While it is a growing trend, it is generally not a wise idea to share overly specific information about your vacation dates and detailed travel itinerary.
  • For free Artificial Intelligence models like ChatGPT, consider having two accounts, one anonymous and not associated with your identity.
  • When in doubt, it is always safer to use your mobile data connection instead of an open or public Wi-Fi network, such as those in cafés or hotels.
  • Do not share login credentials and refrain from asking ChatGPT to generate a password that meets the specific length and character requirements of a particular service.
  • Avoid sharing medical data, banking information, or any other information that is or should be protected.

It is also important to familiarize yourself with the terms of use and privacy policies of Artificial Intelligence models (they are quite good at summarizing them, so take advantage of it) to understand how your account data and the information you provide to the model are used, and if they are shared (how and for what purpose) with third parties, such as other companies.

Artificial Intelligence models like ChatGPT can be extremely useful for a wide range of tasks. These tasks range from preparing Hollandaise sauce to drafting an email in another language.

However, it is imperative to acknowledge that they come with the same security and privacy risks associated with other platforms, such as social media. Therefore, it is equally important to take measures to make the most of their benefits in the safest possible manner.

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