Samsung Bans Its Employees From Using AI Tools Like ChatGPT

May 2, 2023


According to a Bloomberg report, Samsung would prohibit its staff from using generative AI technologies such as ChatGPT. This new regulation is the result of Samsung employees uploading “sensitive code” to the platform.

The company-wide prohibition forbids Samsung personnel from using generative AI technologies on any Samsung-owned device or network. Samsung is the latest company to declare its opposition to new generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, which are fast infiltrating key global businesses.

According to Samsung, as interest in AI platforms grows, so do the security dangers. The internal document expressed worries about the data transferred to AI platforms and its potential storage on external servers with minimal control over retrieval or deletion. However, the company is reviewing security measures to create a safe environment for using generative AI to boost employee productivity and efficiency

Employees who use such programs on their devices are also reminded not to send any corporate information or face “disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.” In April, Samsung conducted an internal survey on generative AI tools, and 65% of respondents said the technology constituted a security risk.

Samsung is not the only major firm to raise concerns about new technology. Since the beginning of the year, companies such as Bank of America, JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs have restricted or prohibited the use of technologies such as ChatGPT.

Most of these companies are in the process of developing their own AI tools. JPMorgan has already developed a ChatGPT-based program to understand trade signals upon analyzing Federal Reserve remarks. Reportedly, Samsung is also developing an AI tool for document translation and summarization.

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