In the email, Evernote describes its aspirations to “become your external brain,” which the service says will include using new automated technologies. But in order to ensure the service’s new technology is working as intended, employees will need to look at your notes.
As Lifehacker points out, employees are free to look through your notes if you violate Evernote’s terms, or if the company is required to comply with legal obligations, among other reasons.
Is it time to find a new service?
Evernote’s new changes might seem harmless, especially if you don’t have anything to hide. However, it feels incredibly invasive to hear employees can look through your notes, which may include thoughts you don’t want others to read—and all in the name of improving machine learning.
Again, you can opt out of Evernote’s upcoming changes if you don’t want someone snooping through your notes, something that can be tweaked under your personal settings.