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DuckDuckGo’s private AI chats don’t train on your data by default

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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

DuckDuckGo has launched private AI chats, allowing you to anonymously access AI models like GPT-3.5 Turbo and Claude 3 Haiku. It won’t store your chats, nor can the companies behind each AI model use them for training — saving you from jumping through a settings menu just to opt out.

To keep your chats anonymous, DuckDuckGo calls the chat models on your behalf, replacing your IP address with its own. “This way it looks like the requests are coming from us and not you,” DuckDuckGo says. However, DuckDuckGo notes that the AI providers “may store chats temporarily,” but they can’t trace them back to you.

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As noted in DuckDuckGo’s privacy policy page, it removes all metadata containing your personal…

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