Some Evernote employees can see your notes thanks to its new Privacy Policy


The popular online note taking service Evernote may become a lot less popular if it sticks with a recently updated Privacy Policy. The company says the changes, which go into effect on January 23, 2017, will give some Evernote employees the right to look at notes posted by anyone using the service.

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In a post that summarizes the changes, Evernote stated that it will allow some of its workers “to exercise oversight of machine learning technologies applied to account content.” It added that the number of those employees are “small” but did not offer a specific number. Customers have the option to encrypt any of their notes. It also stated:

While our computer systems do a pretty good job, sometimes a limited amount of human review is simply unavoidable in order to make sure everything is working exactly as it should.

Evernote does state that its customers can choose to opt out of this machine learning option, but that still doesn’t mean their notes can’t be read by its employees. It stated that “you cannot opt out of employees looking at your content for other reasons stated in our Privacy Policy.” Those reasons include looking into possible violations of the company’s Terms of Service, troubleshooting issues, protection against malware or other security issues and responding to “warrants, court orders or other legal process.”

Obviously, Evernote is trying to cover its bases on any potential problems it might find on its service, but if you are at all concerned that someone at the company might be looking at your notes, you might want to consider your other online note taking options.

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