Evernote Defends User Data Security and Transparency

I have written a number of times about the note-taking application called Evernote. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aeogn.com+evernote for a list of my past articles about Evernote.) Indeed, Evernote is a very popular application amongst genealogists and for good reasons: it is an excellent method of keeping track of all the scraps of information that genealogists typically accumulate when researching family history.

evernote_logoOne of the big concerns about using any application that stores data online is security. Is your personal information safe and secure from identity thieves, credit card scammers, and government snoops? It is reassuring to read a recent article from the folks at Evernote, detailing the security of your personal data when stored in Evernote. It says, in part:

We created Evernote to be your digital brain. Shortly after we set that as our goal, we wrote our 3 Laws of Data Protection to codify these principles:

  1. Your Data is Yours
  2. Your Data is Protected
  3. Your Data is Portable

Our 3 Laws inform virtually every decision we make, and we believe they are worth fighting for. We’re a repository for ideas, inspiration, and knowledge; everything from the outline for the novel you’re writing to the business goals for an entire organization. We know that if you are going to save your thoughts, ideas, and plans in Evernote, you have to trust that we will safeguard them for you.

The ideas you store in Evernote are also protected by national and state laws and legal processes. And we believe that no one—not an individual, a government, or a court, should have access to your private notes in ways that go beyond those laws.

That’s why Evernote is standing with Apple and other technology companies to protect the security of user data. In the interest of promoting trust and transparency, Evernote is signing on as an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) on a legal brief to be filed today in support of Apple’s motion to vacate a court order compelling it to assist the FBI in bypassing security features to access an encrypted iPhone. Also joining the brief are Amazon.com, Box, Cisco Systems, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nest Labs, Pinterest, Slack, Snapchat, WhatsApp, and Yahoo.

The full article is available in the Evernote Blog at https://goo.gl/UrWNVz.

I continue to use Evernote multiple times every day for genealogy purposes and for a lot of other things as well. It is one of my most-used applications. It is reassuring to know that my personal information is secure.


Why continue to feed paranoia? What evidence is there that so-called identity thieves or credit card scammers would ever use genealogy data stored online? And why would the government care?


    Evernote undoubtedly is used for many purposes besides genealogy. I suspect many users also store personal information in Evernote. It is very useful for storing and retrieving all sorts of information, much of which I don’t wish to share.


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