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Apple Instructs Its Employees Not to Use ChatGPT Due to Data Processing Concerns

Client Updates / May 30, 2023

Written by Haim Ravia and Dotan Hammer

Apple has reportedly joined other major companies in restricting the use of AI tools, especially generative AI tools, due to concerns regarding data security.

The ban includes services such as ChatGPT and others such as GitHub Copilot which programmers use. The decision was influenced by concerns related to how these AI platforms handle data and the fact that Apple’s competitor, Microsoft, is an investor in some of these tools.

Samsung, Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and several other large companies imposed similar bans, primarily to avoid potential leaks of sensitive information. Companies are cautious about data storage and potential accidental exposure of proprietary data. Although some companies are restricting the use of AI tools, others have embraced them, integrating generative AI tools into their workflows.

Other reasons for this ban include the fact that artificial intelligence services often rely on information that users have entered and train their models based on this information. This situation may accidentally cause other users to use another company’s proprietary data without being aware of it.