But first, let’s look at what’s changing, according to Evernote.
OK, so Evernote’s version of machine learning involves humans doing manual work and invading privacy of customers. Got it.
Which employees get to look at my stuff, though? Are we talking all employees or just the people Evernote has hand-selected that I don’t know but am now supposed to trust?
Ahhh, so Evernote keeps the list small. Will it stay small or will it grow as is needed?
What if I really don’t like this change and like my private documents remaining private? Can I opt-out of machine learning that is really partially human learning?
Wait, wait, wait. So I can opt-out of machine learning, but I “cannot opt out of employees looking at [my] content for other reasons.” What…the…
So really, do I have any options at all then to not allow Evernote employees access to my notes stored on their service?
Thanks, I’ll strongly consider that option!
In all seriousness, this is real and happening on January 23. Evernote believes that some of its employees need access to your content in order to continue to make the product great. If that bothers you, you should consider your options in the near future.
At this time, those options are encrypting every bit of text you can in Evernote (instructions) or potentially leaving the service altogether, since you can’t ever fully opt-out of an Evernote employee looking at your content.
And look, do we think that Evernote has some malicious intentions here? No, not at all. But then again, these types of policies are often slippery slopes and we should all be a bit skeptical of the needs and reasoning here.
If you are an Evernote customer, be sure to read through the two source links below.
UPDATE: Evernote’s CEO has responded. You can view the news here.