March 1, 2024

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Repeating words indefinitely constitutes a violation

Repeating words indefinitely constitutes a violation

A recent investigation, involving entities like Google DeepMind, highlighted significant privacy concerns with ChatGPT, the popular chatbot developed by OpenAI.

(Read more: OpenAI: Profit and speed trump AI security.)

The study revealed that through a seemingly harmless method, ChatGPT may be induced to disclose personal information such as phone numbers or email addresses.

This result arose from a data mining attack, which relies on continuous word repetition in ChatGPT. This type of attack exploits an inherent feature of AI models: the tendency to save and refresh training data.

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Although in many cases the disclosure of personal data may be accidental and without malicious intentResearch has shown that this information can be forcibly extracted using simple techniques.

OpenAI response: policy changes and warnings

In response to this vulnerability, OpenAI, the organization behind ChatGPT, has implemented new measures.

Asking ChatGPT to repeat a word indefinitely is now considered a violation of the service’s terms of use. When you attempt to make such a request, ChatGPT displays a notification alerting you about a potential violation of content policies.

(Continue reading: Artificial Intelligence is a “danger to humanity”: the reason for the OpenAI scandal)

However, there is an interesting aspect that should be highlighted, as reported by Edgadget and other media outlets such as 404 Media, is that this warning is not yet explicitly stated in the official ChatGPT usage policy documentation.

This discovery and OpenAI’s subsequent reaction underscore the importance of data security and privacy in the field of AI.

(You might be interested: After firing Sam Altman from Open AI, Microsoft hires ChatGPT creator.)

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While the measures implemented by OpenAI are a step in the right direction, the situation raises a critical reminder about the continuing challenges in protecting personal information in the digital age.

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*This content has been rewritten with the help of artificial intelligence, based on information from Europapress, and reviewed by a journalist and editor.

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