There is no option to opt-out.
Cue outrage across social media.
Here are the reasons why some Evernote employees are authorised to read your notes right now:
- We believe our Terms of Service has been violated and confirmation is required or we otherwise have an obligation to review your account Content as described in our Terms of Service;
- We need to do so for troubleshooting purposes;
- Where necessary to protect the rights, property or personal safety of Evernote and its users (including to protect against potential spam, malware or other security concerns);
- In order to comply with our legal obligations, such as responding to warrants, court orders or other legal process. We vigilantly protect the privacy of your account Content and, whenever we determine it possible, we provide you with notice if we believe we are compelled to comply with a third party’s request for information about your account. Please visit our Information for Authorities page for more information.
Let’s be honest. Nobody reads terms & conditions and privacy policies when they sign up for a service.
If you don’t like the idea of a cloud-based service being able to access your account or fulfilling legitimate requests from law enforcement to know what you’ve been up to, then there’s only one answer: to use a zero-knowledge service where you hold the encryption keys to your data rather than your service provider.
Be aware, however, that such secure services may not have some of the sexy, shiny features that are the reasons that you chose the likes of Evernote in the first place.
You make your choices, and you take your chances.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this guest author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.