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The ChatGPT iPhone app raises some serious and troubling privacy concerns that you should know about

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Beware of getting too personal with the bot and putting your privacy at risk.

In order to bring its artificial intelligence bot to mobile devices, OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT, just released the ChatGPT iPhone app. The software soon gained popularity and is currently listed among the best free apps available on the software Store. However, it’s crucial to use caution and refrain from oversharing sensitive information that can jeopardise your privacy while using the app.

Many “imposter” apps have previously appeared in app stores in an effort to profit from the expanding popularity of generative AI. In order to guarantee a trustworthy and authentic user experience, it makes sense that OpenAI would wish to deploy its own app.

The ChatGPT iPhone app is absolutely free to download. Although the app includes a commercial edition with more capabilities, you are not need to buy it in order to use it. This is a big advantage, especially in comparison to competing AI chatbot applications that frequently charge exorbitant monthly subscription costs or even end up being frauds. A logical and practical feature for a conversational AI product, the app also includes speech-to-text technology, allowing users to interact with ChatGPT through voice input.


Users of the iOS app should be aware that there is an explicit trade-off. However, when you open the app on your phone, you get an interesting warning about sharing personal information because “Anonymized chats may be reviewed by our AI trainer to improve our systems.” Most people are aware that ChatGPT does occasionally just, ahem, make things up, so there is plenty of room for improvement to its responses.

No opting out of Human review

OpenAI’s privacy policy highlights that “When you use our services, we may collect personal information that is included in the input, file uploads, or feedback you provide.” This simply implies that any queries you ask ChatGPT that contain personal information (i.e., information about you that you’d prefer not to discuss with a living being) will be forwarded to OpenAI and may be reviewed by a human. And that’s a major issue.

The relevance of this issue is determined by its potential effects on users of ChatGPT, an AI-powered language model created by OpenAI. Conversations, according to the business, are de-identified before being evaluated by people. It’s vital to keep in mind, though, that this anonymization procedure merely strips the user prompts’ actual content of identifying information; it leaves the metadata alone.

It is important to understand that when using ChatGPT for various activities including asking for guidance, expressing emotions, updating personal documents, or participating in other sensitive conversations, these interactions are being sent to and perhaps viewed by OpenAI staff. Users cannot choose not to have their discussions read by OpenAI, therefore it is unclear with what degree of assurance this is true.

It is obviously not feasible for OpenAI to manually review each and every discussion from each user. However, while using the application, users should use caution and remain cognizant of this fact.

Don’t get it wrong

ChatGPT is now more widely accessible because to the availability of mobile devices, allowing users to utilise the bot whenever they want. The bot may be used more regularly by users as a result of its enhanced accessibility, asking them questions about a range of subjects including those pertaining to their friends, families, and daily lives. Therefore, this modified usage pattern may give consumers the opportunity to unwittingly reveal more personal information than they anticipated.

Of course, we’re not contending that ChatGPT is eavesdropping on you and stealing all of your information for sinister or dubious purposes, but it makes sense to caution you about the information you share with the bot in your chats. Since artificial intelligence is still in its infancy, it should be used with caution until everyone has gotten used to and acclimated to having these chatbots in their lives. We should all exercise extreme caution if the creator of OpenAI is advocating for regulations  on his own product.

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