How to stop using your data to train AI


On its help pages, OpenAI says that ChatGPT web users without an account should navigate to Adjustment and then uncheck Improve the model for all, If you have an account and you're logged in through a web browser, select ChatGPT, Settings, Data Control, and then turn it off Chat History and Training, If you're using ChatGPT's mobile apps, go here Adjustmentchoose data control, and turn it off Chat History and Training, OpenAI's support pages say that changing these settings won't sync across different browsers or devices, so you'll need to make the changes everywhere you use ChatGPT.

OpenAI is much more than ChatGPT. For its Dall-E 3 image generator, the startup has a Form that allows you to send images To be removed from “future training datasets”. It asks for your name, email, whether you own the image rights or are you contacting on behalf of a company, a description of the image and any uploads of the image(s). OpenAI also says that if you have a “high volume” of images hosted online that you want to remove from the training data, it may be “more efficient” to add GPTBot to the robots.txt file of the website where the images are hosted. Have been done.

Traditionally a website's robots.txt file—a simple text file usually located at—is used to tell search engines and others whether they should visit your pages. Can include in your results. It can now also be used to tell AI crawlers not to scrape what you've published—and AI companies have said they will honor this arrangement.


Perplexity is a startup that uses AI to help you search the web and find answers to questions. Like all the other software on this list, you are automatically selected to use your interactions and data to train Perplexity's AI. Close it by clicking on your account namescrolling down Account section, and closing AI data retention Toggle.


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Quora says it does not “currently” use answers to people's questions, posts or comments to train its AI. A spokesperson says it also hasn't sold any user data for AI training. However, it does offer an opt-out in case there are future changes. To do this, visit Adjustment page, click privacy, and “Close”Allow to train large language models on your content” option. Despite this option, there are some Quora posts that can be used for training LLMs. If you answer machine-generated answers, says the company's help page, those answers can be used for AI training. It states that third parties may end up exploiting its content anyway.

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Rave, a voice transcription service that uses both human freelancers and AI to transcribe audio, says it uses data “persistently” and “anonymously” to train its AI systems. Even if you delete your account, it will still train its AI on that information.

Kendall Kelton, head of brand and corporate communications at Rave, says it has “the largest and most diverse data set of voices”, made up of over 6.5 million hours of voice recordings. Kelton says Rev does not sell user data to any third parties. The company's terms of service say the data will be used for training, and customers are able to opt out of it. People can opt out of having their data used sending an email at, its help page says.


All those random Slack messages at work can also be used by the company to train its models. “Slack has used machine learning in its product for many years. This includes platform-level machine-learning models for things like channel and emoji recommendations,” says Jackie Rocca, vice president of product at Slack, who focuses on AI.

Even though the company doesn't use customer data to train large language models for its Slack AI product, Slack can use your interactions to improve the software's machine-learning capabilities. Slack's privacy page states, “To develop AI/ML models, our systems analyze customer data (such as messages, content, and files) submitted to Slack.” Similar to Adobe, there's not much you can do to opt out on an individual level if you're using an enterprise account.