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Ask AI - Why should I not send proprietary data to you?

In the second installment of asking AI about itself. We look at what it thinks about sending sensitive information to it.





It's important not to send proprietary data or any sensitive information to me (or any other online system) for several reasons:

  1. Data Security and Privacy: Even though OpenAI has taken measures to ensure that the interactions with models like ChatGPT are not stored and are not used to improve the models, there's always a risk associated with transmitting sensitive information over the internet. There could be vulnerabilities that might be exploited by malicious actors.

  2. Intellectual Property: If you're dealing with proprietary data, it typically holds intellectual or business value. Sharing or exposing this data could risk your competitive advantage, and might inadvertently benefit others who don't have a right to that information.

  3. Regulatory and Legal Concerns: Many industries and businesses are subject to regulations about how they handle and transmit data. Sharing proprietary or sensitive data in ways that aren't compliant can result in heavy fines and legal complications.

  4. Ethical Concerns: If the proprietary data includes personal or private information about individuals, sharing it without appropriate consent or safeguards can be unethical and a violation of privacy.

  5. Reputation Risks: If word gets out that an organization is careless with its proprietary data, it can suffer reputational damage, leading to loss of trust among stakeholders, customers, or partners.

  6. Loss of Control: Once data is transmitted online, you lose a degree of control over it. Even with assurances about data not being stored or used, there's always a degree of uncertainty about where that data might end up or how it might be intercepted.

  7. Integrity of Data: Interacting with online systems could potentially lead to data being modified or misinterpreted, leading to faulty conclusions or decisions based on that interaction.

For these reasons, users should always be cautious and avoid sending or sharing proprietary, sensitive, or personal data when interacting with online platforms and services, including AI models like ChatGPT.


Truer words have never been spoken. The race is on for organizations to be able to leverage this powerful technology while maintaining an exceptional security posture.

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