Adobe Limits Its Employees’ Use of Generative AI


Adobe seems to be cracking down on employees using artificial intelligence (AI), including restricting workers’ abilities to sign up for services with their personal emails.

According to obtained by Business Insider, Adobe employees have been instructed to not use their “personal email accounts or corporate credit cards when signing up for AI tools, like ChatGPT.” This, the publication reports, comes from an internal email from Chief Information Officer Cindy Stoddard that Insider obtained.

Adobe, meanwhile, has been swiftly rolling out AI tools of its own, including Photoshop’s new Generative Fill tool and the recently-previewed Project Gingerbread, which is an image generative tool that uses 3D objects for its renderings.

Stoddard’s email supposedly encourages Adobe employees to look for proprietary AI software. Under a list of “Don’ts,” employees are told not to include any personal or non-public Adobe information in prompts, use personal emails for tools used on work-related tasks, not to use corporate cards for work-related software or tools (or use a personal card and later expense the cost), and not to use outputs verbatim.

It’s unclear based on Business Insider’s report whether Adobe employees can ever use personal email addresses for generative AI tools while they work for the company, or if they are only barred from using personal accounts for work-related tasks.

PetaPixel reached out to Adobe for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

“We encourage the responsible and ethical exploration of generative Al technology internally, which we believe will enable employees to learn about its capabilities as we explore how it will change the way we all work,” Business Insider reported Stoddard wrote in the email.

“As employees, it’s your responsibility to protect Adobe and our customers’ data and not use generative Al in a way that harms or risks Adobe’s business, customers, or employees.”

The email also claims there is a new AI working group at the tech company that is reportedly focused on adoption of these new tools and to “define principles and guidelines for experimentation and use of these technologies.”

Adobe isn’t alone in its crackdown. In its report, Insider noted that Amazon, Alphabet, Apple, and Samsung have all issued their own warnings or restrictions on employee-use of generative AI tools.

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