Building responsible AI is a part of Zendesk’s commitment to providing our customers with trusted products and solutions. Zendesk leverages a set of design principles with respect to our AI products, which include privacy, security and compliance by design.
No generative content trained on customer data
It is important to note that Zendesk’s proprietary machine learning models are not generative in nature, meaning, they do not produce passages of free text, images, or code, as is the case for many popular consumer-facing AI solutions. Because the outputs of these models are labels rather than content, they do not create the risk of customer data being reproduced or shared in an improper context.
Protection of customer data
As part of our commitment to protecting customer data, we take additional measures to sanitize your data before using it to train any of our models that could be used by other customers. These include:
- All data fields specific to identifiers (e.g., fields for username and email address) are excluded from the training dataset.
- A natural language processing algorithm is applied to identify and remove certain identifying information that is not relevant to the model in the remaining free text fields from the training dataset.
- Data is converted into machine-readable format. This is typically accomplished using a “tokenization” process which converts free text into numerical vector form, with the resulting vector not human readable without the use of an associated tokenizer.
The training dataset is not stored within any Zendesk model, and customer data will at all times remain subject to our existing security and privacy commitments, including as outlined in our:
No effect on current agreements
Your use of any non-EAP Zendesk AI functionality will not impact your existing agreement(s) with Zendesk. If you entered into a Data Processing Addendum (DPA) with Zendesk, the terms of that DPA will continue to apply to your use of the Services.
Generative AI features provided through OpenAI
In addition to the Zendesk proprietary machine learning models, Zendesk also offers a number of generative AI features supported by OpenAI. While these features are generative in nature, OpenAI will not use your inputs to train its models or otherwise improve its services, and your data will not be hosted by OpenAI except ephemerally for the purpose of providing the service. For more information about the processing of your data by OpenAI, please see the Sub-Processor Policy and Overview of OpenAI within Zendesk Services article.