The Elephant in the Room
Millions of people save text, photos, and documents on Evernote accounts to make their data available on any device. The data is stored and users may choose to share it with family members or coworkers or keep it to themselves. Notes can be pictures, voice recordings, text, screengrabs, handwritten transcriptions, and attached files. Users can search through their note collections, add comments, export them, and organize them into workbooks. There is a free version with limited storage and two levels of paid subscriptions.
Evernote got an earful from angry users concerned about data privacy for several days following the new policy’s announcement. Paid subscribers vowed to take their data elsewhere. Forums were filling with posts questioning the move. Then, Evernote CEO Chris O’Neill made another startling announcement, “As a result of feedback from you, our customers, we have decided to withdraw the changes we announced.” The company still plans to move forward with machine-reading technology, but only verify its results with users who opt-in to participate.
CIPT Exam Preparation
In preparation for the Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) Exam, a security professional should be comfortable with topics related to this post, including:
- The Information Life Cycle: An Introduction (II.B.)
- Privacy Considerations in the Information Life Cycle: Notice, Choice/Consent (III.A.a-b.)
- Privacy Considerations in the Information Life Cycle: Secondary Uses (III.B.c.)
- Privacy Considerations in the Information Life Cycle: Disclosure (III.C.a.)
- Privacy Considerations in the Information Life Cycle: Retention (III.D.b.)