Thanks for the long response and the link to the machine learning blog thread. I used to be an avid reader of the engineering team’s blog since Evernote was starting out. I have a lot of appreciation for the engineering team and what they do. When the decision was made up high to move to Google Cloud I was put off, and I am sure a lot on the engineering team were upset to hear as well. I had a lot of respect for the fact that the Evernote team was running in all local datacenters, and you guys really owned and controlled all their data. But it’s the time of cloud and it's just the most cost worthy decision.
Now with the change in the TOS is not just a change in the way you guys treat data, it’s a change in the way you do business. You guys aren't are note company, you are a data company. You host notebooks of people's lives. I have had horrible and wonderful life experiences over my time as a user of evernote and what I do when I want to record those moments is to open Evernote and write. The last thing I want to do is share them with your engineers. When my subscription runs out next year I will be moving on, and it pains me to say that. I really like the convenience of Evernote, but Phil Libin, if you are reading this. Take your company back! Before you guys know it in a year's time you will be treating data like Facebook and Uber sees data. Don't fall into the norm of treating users like data machines. Treat them like the users that made the company what it is today.
If anyone is interested in moving to a free open source alternative notes application. You should look at Trutl. https://turtlapp.com/ Its not as feature rich as Evernote, but you own you data. Also self hosting a server will take quite a bit of technical apt.
It’s your data, it’s your choice.