When you talk to an online service, who “owns” what you say?
When I talk to customer service or a search engine, I don’t give it much thought. Actually, I don’t give it any thought. It doesn’t matter to me that they will be using it for training purposes.
But when I talk to ChatGPT (or any similar system), it might matter. Actually, it does matter. Training on my text might mean that my text will show up verbatim at some future point for some stranger.
What if my password or API key was included?
What if I asked for a paraphrase of a draft patent claim?
Is this a disclosure that will cause problems with my filing date?
In some of the agreements that I haven’t actually read, apparently, I have been granting a write to re-publish. I don’t know exactly what it all means, but I’m pretty sure that neither I nor much of anyone else has given sufficient thought to what used to be our secrets.
Careless, aren’t we.