Samsung Electronics employees leak company info on ChatGPT: reports

Employees involved in mishap under investigation, according to reports

Samsung Electronics employees leak company info on ChatGPT: reports

Corporate information of Samsung Electronics have been leaked by its staff on ChatGPT, according to reports.

The Economist Korea reported that Samsung suffered from three incidents of information leakage.

One of the incidents took place when an employee entered confidential source code into ChatGPT to inquire about a solution, while another entered confidential sources in ChatGPT to request "code optimisation."

In another instance, an employee converted into document a recorded meeting that they entered to ChatGPT to prepare minutes of the meeting.

The incidents took place less than a month after Samsung allowed one of its divisions to use ChatGPT, as the company blocks its use in workplaces, according to the report.

Samsung Electronics has now limited upload capacity of every employee to 1024 bytes per question, The Economist Korea reported.

The executives and staff involved will also be investigated, according to the report, adding that the company is considering disciplinary action if necessary.

ChatGPT, which launched in November 2022, has already warned its users on sharing sensitive information in the platform.

"We are not able to delete specific prompts from your history. Please don't share any sensitive information in your conversations," it said on its website.

Use of ChatGPT

The use of ChatGPT on workplaces have been under extreme scrutiny by employers across the world, citing potential risks on workplaces.

A previous Gartner survey revealed that 48% of HR leaders are in the process of finalising their guidance on ChatGPT.

Another 34% said they don't plan to issue any guidance on the platform, while three per cent said they already issued a ban on the using AI chatbots for business purposes.

Amazon, Verizon, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Accenture, have already imposed limits on the use of ChatGPT in their workplaces.

For Samsung Electronics, The Economist Korea reported that the South Korean corporation is eyeing the development of its own AI service exclusively for company use.

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