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Evernote’s New Privacy Policy Will No Longer Be Implemented

 

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Recently, Evernote posted an update to its Privacy Policy, allowing select employees to view the notes of some users for their new machine learning tool to work. Understandably, it did not sit well with many people as it is a breach of their right to privacy. Just a couple of hours ago, Evernote’s CEO, Chris O’Neil admitted that they “screwed up” and announced that their new privacy policy that was supposed to be implemented on January 23, 2017 will no longer push through.

The company did their best to explain to the users that the notes read by their employees will be anonymous but no words could quell the fears. People were very concerned and understandably so. They would rather do away with the benefits of having data gathered by the machine learning system such as improved search, for as long as their notes remain confidential.

When all the explaining didn’t work, Evernote posted this announcement just a couple of hours ago:

“After receiving a lot of customer feedback expressing concerns about our upcoming Privacy Policy changes over the past few days, Evernote is reaffirming its commitment to keep privacy at the center of what we do. As a result, we will not implement the previously announced Privacy Policy changes that were scheduled to go into effect January 23, 2017.

Instead, in the coming months we will be revising our existing Privacy Policy to address our customers’ concerns, reinforce that their data remains private by default, and confirm the trust they have placed in Evernote is well founded. In addition, we will make machine learning technologies available to our users, but no employees will be reading note content as part of this process unless users opt in. We will invite Evernote customers to help us build a better product by joining the program.”

For now, we know that our notes are “for our eyes only”.

Lea Cruz

A hardcore Star Wars fan, we’ve been calling Lea the Philippines’ Princess of Tech. She serves as the Lifestyle Editor at Unbox and the host for some of our YouTube videos.

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