Starting next year, Evernote employees could access your unencrypted notes
Perhaps more worrying is the fact that Evernote says that it is not possible to opt out of having employees possibly accessing your unencrypted notes. The only way to fully protect your privacy is to delete all your notes and close your Evernote account.
Evernote goes on to say that due to the limitations of its automated systems "sometimes a limited amount of human review is simply unavoidable". This is clearly something that will be a concern to many Evernote users, so the company attempts to allay fears by saying:
Evernote suggests encrypting any data that you would prefer remained inaccessible, and it reveals that Evernote Business account admins can opt out of the machine learning side of things. For everyone else, under a question in a FAQ cheerily worded: "I really don't like this change and don't want Evernote employees to see my notes. What are my options?", Evernote says:
If you wish, you also can decide to export your data and leave the Evernote service by following these steps. We would hate to see you go, though, especially when we continue to have so many exciting new developments to share with you!
What Evernote has failed to provide -- and this is something that users will really be looking for when it comes to the possibility of their data being accessed by others -- is detail. When more is provided, we'll update this post.
Evernote has provided further details about the policy change.