Evernote is a great app that helps you create and keep track of notes and synchronise them across the various devices you own – so you can take a photo from your phone, label it, and use it in a document on your PC simply.
It’s also a great example of a “Cloud” service; in order to get that photo from your phone to your PC, it is first copied up to Evernote’s servers, and then your PC copies it down again. You can also access your data directly from a web browser from any computer, if you need it immediately.
Here’s a set of articles and longer discussion of some of the issues around this :-
If you are storing data which you believe to be sensitive in any way, you need to be aware of these policies, and when they change. While Cloud-based services offer many conveniences and a low cost to get started, the long-term costs are sometimes unacceptably high.
Remember, “The Cloud” means nothing more or less than “Someone else’s computers”, and there is often no enforceable contract of any kind.
The CEO of Evernote is now clarifying that the wording of their Policy was misleading; he states that “Human beings don’t read notes without people’s permission. Full stop.”
So, does that mean that you’re all OK to carry on using Evernote, that you can relax and the emergency is over?
You tell me – it’s your data. If you need to control access to your data, and you’re not able to do this completely because “it’s in the cloud” (where the provider changes their terms, conditions, ownership and even physical location without consulting or informing you), then perhaps you should be doing things differently.