Venice.ai Privacy Architecture

Venice.ai

2024-04-16

One of Venice’s guiding principles is user privacy. The platform's architecture flows from this philosophical principle, and every component is designed with this objective in mind.

Nearly all AI apps and services collect user data (personal information, prompt text, and AI text and image responses) in central servers, which they can access, and which they can (and do) share with third parties, ranging from ad networks to governments. Even if a company wants to keep this data safe, data breaches happen all the time, often unreported. 

The only way to achieve reasonable user privacy is to avoid collecting this information in the first place. This is harder to do from an engineering perspective, but we believe it’s the correct approach.

Venice Architecture v3

Local Storage Only

Venice does not store or log any prompt or model responses on our servers.

When you, as a Venice user, make a request, it is transmitted to our proxy server, then directed to a pool of GPUs running across a collection of decentralized providers. After the GPU processes the request using the open-source AI model you selected, the response is then streamed directly back to your browser via the proxy, but without persisting it in any form of permanent Venice storage. 

The Venice platform uses your local browser storage to maintain your conversation history, assuring your conversations are private to the device they originated from (this is why your conversation history differs across multiple devices you use, even under the same account). This local storage is also encrypted to prevent observation of the raw messages from the browser itself.

SSL Encryption, Standard

Your communication over Venice’s infrastructure is secured using SSL encryption through-out its entire journey. The text or image prompts you submit on your device are transmitted to and from our proxy service and to and from our proxy service to our inference servers, which host our open-source AI models, over industry-standard SSL encryption. Venice's proxy service routes relays your prompts to our inference infrastructure and back without persisting them.

Data Collection

Venice collects limited information, which differs based on the account type. For all account types, Venice logs event data on how users use the product (such as signing in, creating new chats, organizing and filtering chats, etc.) but never logs or otherwise sees or stores any data about the text or image prompts shared between you and the AI models.

  • No-Account Users: Without an account, Venice collects basic metadata on a user, such as timezone, browser type, and IP address.

  • Free Account Users: When a Free Account is created, Venice collects the email address that was provided in addition to the above metadata. 

  • Pro Account Users: If a user pays for a Pro account with a credit card, only our payment services provider, Stripe, receives this information, which is not shared with Venice. If a user pays with crypto or holds an MOR token, Venice records the user's public key (wallet address).

Again, your conversation history is never shared with, or stored by, Venice. If you choose to delete your conversation history, you are deleting it from your own browser/device, which is the only place it was ever stored. 

Our commitment to privacy and anti-censorship is resolute, and every decision we make is done with fidelity to these principles.