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Evernote Users Beware: Your Privacy Is At Risk



Evernote Users Beware: Your Privacy Is At Risk

Evernote has been the favourite digital notebook of millions of users over the years. However, if you’re an Evernote user, you would probably wish to read this before saving your sensitive data on Evernote. In its help section, Evernote has published an article that claims an overhaul in Evernote’s privacy policy. Evernote has also announced that the new privacy features will go live on 23rd January 2017. The new privacy will allow Evernote employees to read and see notes of its users.

The online note-taking app has described a reason regarding why they are amending their privacy policy, Evernote CEO has stated in his blog,

“our hope is that machines will make Evernote smarter and faster and that they’ll allow you to automate functions you now have to do manually, like creating to-do lists or putting together travel itineraries. To get there, Evernote data scientists need to do spot checks as they develop the technology. If you choose to participate, they’ll see random content, but they won’t know who it belongs to, and they’ll only see the snippet they’re checking. Not only that but if a machine identifies any personal information, it will mask it from the employee. If you choose not to participate, your notes will not be included in this research.”

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Evernote further stated, “This is primarily to make sure that our machine learning technologies are working correctly, in order to surface the most relevant content and features to you.”

Despite the oversight by its employees, Evernote has assured that its employees will not be able to identify the users while reading their notes, as its system will completely bar any route that establishes a relation between the data and the user who has saved it. As an added precaution Evernote has suggested that, if a user has a note with sensitive data that he doesn’t want Evernote staff to see, the company suggests encrypting data inside those notes.

Evernote has also allowed users to opt out of this new privacy policy. A user can do it so by reviewing his Evernote account setting and unticking “Allow Evernote to use my data to improve my experience.” However, after this new policy comes into effect a user can not opt out of Evernote employees looking at his contents for other reasons stated in Evernote’s Privacy Policy. So please read the policy carefully before agreeing to the new Evernote privacy policies. You can read about the new Evernote privacy policy in detail here.

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