Evernote is to let employees read its customers’ notes, and they can’t opt out.
Users have until Jan. 23 to move their notes out of the company’s system and delete their accounts if they want to avoid the sanctioned snooping. Companies using Evernote Business can have their administrators opt out, but users won’t have individual control over it.
The change a push by the company to enhance its machine learning capabilities by letting a select number of employees view the private information of its users to help with the training of algorithms.
“While our computer systems do a pretty good job, sometimes a limited amount of human review is simply unavoidable in order to make sure everything is working exactly as it should,” the company said in a support bulletin.
. Encryption won’t work for other content inside a note, like photos, audio, and other files. Users can view encrypted text only on mobile.
. , a Mac and iOS app that Apple named one of the year’s best, can easily import files exported from the service as well.
“Fortunately bears *can’t* read: they are the best keepers!” the company tweeted in response to Wednesday’s news.
Bear to sync user notes, so it’s impossible for the app’s developers to read the contents of what people have written. Microsoft didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment about OneNote’s privacy.