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Monday, May 22, 2023

Privacy Problem on the iPhone with ChatGPT

 Been working for a few days now with ChatGPT on the iPhone, nicely done, but then came this. warning for now,  lets fix it!

The ChatGPT iPhone App from OpenAI Has a Glaring Privacy Problem: The Company Can Read Your ConversationsThe app warns you not to send personal information in your prompts.


On Thursday, OpenAI released an iOS app for ChatGPT and it quickly became the most popular free app in the App Store. That's not surprising considering some reports suggest ChatGPT had more than 100 million users in January--just two months after it launched. That would make it the fastest-growing technology product of all time. 

For comparison, it took Facebook four and a half years to reach that number. Even TikTok took nine months. 

Until now, almost all of the usage of ChatGPT has been done in a browser on a laptop or desktop computer. There was no mobile app available, and accessing the website on your iPhone wasn't ideal.

At the same time, there have been plenty of imposter apps attempting to capitalize on the fact that so many people are paying attention to generative A.I. and exploring what it can do. It makes sense that OpenAI would want to get its own app out in the world. 

The official app comes with a few cool features. First, there's the fact that it's free (there's a paid upgrade to ChatGPT Plus which gets you access to OpenAI's latest language model). Considering that many of the existing apps charge a weekly subscription fee--making them very expensive if not outright scams--having an official app that doesn't cost anything is a welcome development.

The other feature is that you can talk to ChatGPT. ChatGPT can't actually process audio prompts, so the feature will convert your speech to text and send it like any other question. For a conversational A.I. product, being able to simply say what you want to ask is a great feature.

The iOS app does, however, come with one important tradeoff that users should be aware of. It's a big enough deal that the app prompts you the first time you open it. In addition to a caution that ChatGPT may just make things up, there's another warning about sharing personal information because "Anonymized chats may be reviewed by our Al trainers to improve our systems."  .... ' 

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