How to protect your data while using ChatGPT, Gemini

Learn to opt out of data collection programmes in LLMs
A representational image. — iStock/File
A representational image. — iStock/File

Artificial intelligence (AI) has aggressively expanded into new avenues in just the past few months. Tech giants Microsoft, Google, and OpenAi have locked horns to produce the most capable Large Language Model (LLM).

The recipe to enhance these models, in what has now become a norm, is to feed incredible amounts of online data to train them in human communication.

Hence, it is no surprise that these companies are bent on continuing to collect user data for the same purpose. Many users unknowingly permit this arrangement when acknowledging the Terms and conditions.

Nonetheless, this situation can be rearranged to some extent and future privacy protection can be assured to some degree, as described below. Although these countermeasures will protect user data, information already having been collected will not be deleted.

Gemini AI

  • Open Gemini in the browser.
  • Select Activity.
  • Click on the disable dropdown menu.

Here, users can delete app activity or opt out completely and have their conversations deleted, regardless of which, their data will remain recorded for at least three years.

OpenAi: ChatGPT and DALL-E

OpenAI allows its users to opt out of its data collection programme. Users can head to settings to exclude themselves from future data collection initiatives.


  • Web users without an account: Head to settings and uncheck, “improve the model for everyone”.
  • Web users with an account: Select data controls from the settings and disable chat history and training.
  • Mobile app users: Explore the data controls in settings and disable chat history and training.
  • DALL-E 3: Submit a form to OpenAi’s website to remove images from future training sessions.

Microsoft Copilot

  • Navigate through the privacy dashboard, select data control settings and disable data collection for AI training.