Take Note: Nevermind our Privacy Policy Change

Evernote is revisiting proposed privacy policy changes after user uproar. Makers of the archiving app announced a new policy at the end of 2016 which included Evernote employees the ability to view user notes. The kicker is that while app users could choose to opt out of that, the company policy would leave room for employees to snoop for other reasons.

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, [...]


Yik Yak App: Anonymity vs Privacy

Use of a popular app among college students has some users behind bars and others questioning how anonymous the program really is.  Yik Yak, developed in 2013, provides users a real-time feed of comments from people around them geographically.  Simply type in your cell phone number, and share thoughts, jokes, questions, etc. with those around you.  Users may also choose to search other communities to see what people are saying in other places.

However, not everyone uses the free app just for fun.  Just this month, two students at two separate universities were arrested for making racially charged threats on Yik [...]


Microsoft Releases a New Privacy Policy

Microsoft’s new simplified privacy and services policy will come into effect July 31, [...]


Creating a Plain-Language Privacy Policy

“Plain language” refers to the principles of clarity, organization, layout and design. This article takes a close look at how to create a plain language privacy [...]


The Datatrust Approach to a Clear Privacy Policy

This article looks at the notion of a datatrust, first proposed by the Common Data Project (CDP). This refers to a repository of sensitive information donated by institutions and individuals for public use. The CDP carried out a study of major online companies to assess the state of their privacy [...]