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    DuckDuckGo to Allow Users to Access Chatbots Anonymously

    DuckDuckGo, a free-to-use and privacy-oriented Internet browser, announced on its blog post on June 6 that it would allow users anonymous access to AI-powered Chatbots. These include OpenAI’s GPT 3.5 Turbo and Anthropic’s Claude 3 Haiku, as well as Meta Llama 3 and Mistral’s Mixtral 8x7B, both open-source models.

    What is DuckDuckGo’s Policy?

    DuckDuckGo announced on its blog post that it would allow users to access these AI chatbots for free, with a daily limit on how many prompts one can give. It works using an interface that allows users to choose their preferred chatbot and start providing it with prompts.

    DuckDuckGo claims that this new policy would enhance users’ privacy. The company says this is because they command the chatbots on behalf of users and direct them to use the IP address of DuckDuckGo instead of that of the user, which the post says makes it appear as if the requests are originating from DuckDuckGo, and not the users themselves.

    DuckDuckGo also stated that they do not store or save chats permanently and that any chats generated using their search engine would be automatically deleted within 30 days by the models GPT 3.5 Turbo and Claude, due to an agreement made by DuckDuckGo with their model providers. Notably, chats on DuckDuckGo could be stored temporarily by the AI model providers, which the browser claims is necessary for them to ensure that their model’s system is working.

    Some Context on AI Chatbots and Data Storage

    OpenAI’s ChatGPT, one of the Chatbots mentioned by DuckDuckGo, does not automatically delete chats unless the users delete their OpenAI account, and their data continues to exist on OpenAI servers. ChatGPT also rolled out a new ‘memory’ feature in May 2024, which allows the AI Model to remember information provided by users from previous conversations, although users can ask GPT to ‘forget’ a particular memory.

    Amid privacy concerns around this feature being able to store user data to create memories and the fact that these memories would also be used to train other AI language models , OpenAI clarified that users can turn off the training feature by using the “Data Controls” section of the settings menu or by starting a ‘temporary chat’, which would not appear in memories or be used for training purposes, although they do not appear to have enacted comprehensive safeguards as of now.

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