Evernote Employees Can Read Your Notes


Evernote is the go-to note taking software for many office workers, since it helps users stay organized and productive. However, the software firm started using machine learning tools in late January 2017 and need their employees to read your notes in order to improve these features.

Evernote uses these tools to improve note search, provide additional tips on using the software, and suggest different features based on the way you are inputting your notes. However, the improvement in user experience may come at the expense of your privacy.

The update in the service sparked controversy among Evernote users across the web. In response, Evernote updated their privacy policy so that opt-in approval is required from each customer before allowing employee access to notes for machine learning purposes.

Keep in mind that Evernote employees can still read your notes in certain situations:
• If they believe you’re violating their Terms of Service
• For software service troubleshooting and maintenance
• If they feel it’s necessary to protect the rights, property, or personal safety of Evernote and its users.
• To comply with legal obligations, such as a warrant, court orders, subpoenas, or other government requests.

What can you do?
• Opt out of allowing Evernote employees reading your notes for machine learning purposes.
• Use the software to store only non-private data, such as meeting notes and news articles from the internet.
• You can select and encrypt text within a note, and then require a password to view the information. However you cannot encrypt whole notes, images, and notebooks.
• Most importantly, do not store your private data on the software, including client information, passwords, and financial statements. Instead, use enterprise grade software that encrypts information in transit and at rest.
• If you’re dissatisfied with your Evernote experience, you can export your data to another note taking software program and deactivate your account.

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