As the company admits in the updated policy, these machine learning algorithms aren't perfect, and staff members might need to go over unencrypted notes manually, in some situations.
The company is recommending that users encrypt their notes if they want to avoid staff members taking a peek.
Additionally, users can also opt out of any features that rely on machine learning features.
Each user account settings page now includes an option that reads, "Allow Evernote to use my data to improve my experience," and will allow users to turn off any features powered by machine learning.
Unfortunately, as the company admits, this doesn't prevent Evernote employees from reading your notes.
The company was aware that these changes might cause an uproar in its userbase, and has provided instructions on how users can export their data and leave the Evernote service.
In a separate blog post, Evernote CEO Chris O'Neill said the following, regarding staff members that are
On Twitter, Evernote users didn't react very well to O'Neill and the company's announcement.
Everyone is losing their shit because Evernote lets employees read your notes. pic.twitter.com/MswrN5VsZC— Rob Price (@robaeprice) December 14, 2016
WHAT THE FUCK EVERNOTE https://t.co/CDuY1w4YIF— Ander Rodrigo (@AnderRodry) December 14, 2016
@evernote I am stopping my account as well. I don't want people reading my personal stuff. Find something else for machine learning.— dinar dalvi (@dinardalvi) December 15, 2016