The said update on Evernote’s official website states:
In addition, the company further goes on to justify the changes being introduced to their application. It notes that the Evernote employees with access to user data are limited in number. Those who’ve been selected for this program are “subject to background checks and receive specific security and privacy training at least annually.” This statement, however, further adds fuel to the fire because it somehow translates to the fact that these employees have had access to your data before the said disclosure as well — not assured by Evernote.
Also, the company is creating secure silos to store personal user data and yet again access to these environments is limited to authorized pupil. The data is also said to be protected with strong authentication measures to protect that access but it is still violating an individual’s person space by reading their notes. Thus, this rampant chaos regarding the note-taking app has erupted on the interwebs. Twitter has yet again become the playground for allegations and trolls.
I am super, super glad I stopped using @evernote before I switched into engineering. This is (rightfully) a PR nightmare. https://t.co/sUDslvTs2w
— Seán Hanson (@SeanMHanson) December 14, 2016
— Michael Oman-Reagan (@OmanReagan) December 10, 2016
Yes, Michael is right about one thing. Though you cannot stop Evernote from accessing your personal notes under other conditions like with resellers, law enforcement requests or sales. But you can still opt out from the machine learning improvement program by heading straight to your settings and unticking the option where it reads ‘Allow Evernote to use my data to improve my experience.’ And then you won’t be able to receive a customized recommendation service from the company.
Yeah, so what!? We’re not ready to compromise our privacy for the betterment of the service. Or are we? Comment your thoughts down below.