I use spreadsheets a lot. Some of my spreadsheets have student details like school, classroom, name, age, parent names, etc. Other spreadsheets have different data sets but also contain sensitive data or data that I don't want to be available to others.

I have read that some companies have banned the use of ChatGPT due to concerns about leaking company data. If I install spreadsheet extensions / add-ons that add GPT features, will the data in my spreadsheets be leaked?

Some examples of extensions are

  • GPT for Docs™ Sheets™ Slides™ by Qualtir
  • GPT for Sheets™ and Docs™ by Talarian

Both can be found in the Google Workspace Marketplace. It's not required to have a Google Workspace account to look around.


From https://www.hr-brew.com/stories/2023/05/11/these-companies-have-banned-chatgpt-in-the-office

Apple. The tech giant restricted employee use of ChatGPT, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apple reportedly told employees the decision was to prevent the release of confidential information. The company is reportedly working on a generative AI tool of its own.

JPMorgan Chase. The bank has restricted employee use of ChatGPT, Jennifer Lavoie, global technology media relations rep, confirmed to HR Brew in an email. Lavoie pointed to remarks from CEO Jamie Dimon in the bank’s 2022 shareholder report highlighting company efforts to imagine new ways to incorporate generative AI into employee practices in the future.

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ChatGPT (the website/app) does, by default, use conversations for training. This can be disabled through "Data Controls":

Web interface:
To disable chat history and model training, navigate to ChatGPT > Data Controls. [...]

iOS app:
To disable chat history and model training, tap the three dots on the top right corner of the screen > Settings > Data Controls > toggle off Chat History & Training.

Source: https://help.openai.com/en/articles/7730893-data-controls-faq

However, except for ChatGPT plugins, apps claiming to be "powered by ChatGPT" or similar likely mean that they're using the same models as ChatGPT is using (GPT 4 and GPT 3.5 Turbo) through the OpenAI API. In particular for the two you mention:

[GPT for Docs™ Sheets™ Slides™ by Qualtir:] It is built on top OpenAI GPT-4 and Google Bard™ models

[GPT for Sheets™ and Docs™ by Talarian:] It is built on top OpenAI ChatGPT, GPT-3 and GPT-4 models.

OpenAI's API does not train on data submitted to it:

OpenAI does not use data submitted to and generated by our API to train OpenAI models or improve OpenAI’s service offering

Source: https://help.openai.com/en/articles/5722486-how-your-data-is-used-to-improve-model-performance

(c) Use of Content to Improve Services. We do not use Content that you provide to or receive from our API (“API Content”) to develop or improve our Services.

Source: https://openai.com/policies/terms-of-use

You should also be aware of data potentially collected by the add-ons themselves, which may vary from add-on to add-on. For example, Qualtir claim:

We do not store your data (inputs, clicks, or drive files). It stays on Google’s servers.

Source: https://gpt.space/privacy-policy

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    Thank you very much. P.S. Regarding the OpenAI ChatGPT option to disable using submitted training data, it is still available for researchers for 30 days.
    – Wicket
    Commented Jul 21, 2023 at 9:47

You are still exposing your valuable data to 3rd party.

  • Welcome to GenAI. Please elaborate. P.S. I already know that my valuable data is being exposed to 3rd party. I'm interested in exposing the data in GenAI / ChatGPT responses and in ways that OpenAI might leak data other than exposing the data to 3rd party. Maybe you could include tips about what to look for on the terms of service, data privacy docs, etc.
    – Wicket
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 15:39

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