Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in OpenAI. But now the corporation’s employees have been temporarily banned from using the startup’s most famous product, ChatGPT, CNBC reports.
For security and data protection reasons, a number of artificial intelligence tools are no longer available for employee use.
– from a message on an internal Microsoft resource.
Representatives from Microsoft and OpenAI responded to requests for comment.
It's true that Microsoft has invested in OpenAI, and that ChatGPT has built-in protections to prevent misuse, but the site is a third-party external service. This means that we must be careful when using it due to privacy and security risks. This also applies to any other external AI services such as Midjourney or Replika.
– Microsoft said.
The company initially said it was banning ChatGPT and design software Canva, but later removed a line from its guidelines that mentioned those products. After this story first went public, Microsoft resumed access to ChatGPT.
In a response to CNBC, Microsoft said the temporary blocking of ChatGPT was an error resulting from testing systems for large language models.
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“We were testing endpoint controls for LLM and inadvertently enabled them for all employees,” a company spokesperson said. “We resumed work shortly after we discovered the error. As we have said previously, we encourage employees and customers to use services such as Bing Chat Enterprise and ChatGPT Enterprise, which have higher levels of privacy and security protection.”