US House Restricts Members to Exclusive Use of ChatGPT Plus, Bans Other Chatbot Platforms

The United States House of Representatives has implemented new regulations that prohibit the use of most artificial intelligence (AI) large language models by its members, with one exception being OpenAI’s ChatGPT Plus service.

The decision to restrict chatbot usage stems from security concerns, as outlined in a notice issued by Catherine Szpindor, the chief administrative officer of the U.S. House. According to the notice, House offices are authorized to exclusively use the ChatGPT Plus version due to its incorporation of essential privacy features necessary for safeguarding House data. Currently, no other versions of ChatGPT or similar AI language models are authorized for use within the House.

The document also specifies limitations on House members’ utilization of the software, strictly allowing it for research and evaluation purposes and prohibiting its integration into their regular workflow. Furthermore, the rules restrict the sharing of sensitive data as prompts and mandate that ChatGPT Plus must be used with all privacy settings enabled.

The exact privacy features unique to ChatGPT Plus, referenced in the document, remain unspecified, as OpenAI has not explicitly mentioned any privacy-related advantages exclusive to the Plus service.

OpenAI has previously highlighted that ChatGPT Plus offers general access to the model during peak times, faster response times for queries, and priority access to new features. However, there is no explicit mention of additional privacy features associated with ChatGPT Plus.

In April, OpenAI introduced the option for both ChatGPT and ChatGPT Plus users to delete their chat history and accounts. Nevertheless, the removed information continues to be retained on the ChatGPT servers for an additional 30 days.

OpenAI has plans to launch a ChatGPT business subscription service with enhanced data control features, as outlined in an April blog post. However, specific details differentiating this service from ChatGPT Plus have yet to be disclosed.

While the new House regulations solely apply to House members, bipartisan U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu, Ken Buck, and Anna Eshoo have recently introduced a bill aiming to establish a federal artificial intelligence commission. This commission would be responsible for providing regulatory oversight to the broader U.S. AI industry.

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