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  1. I poked into the internals of the app (I'm an Android developer), and Evernote has definitely built this "app indexing" feature into their app, and they're providing the titles and snippets of your notes to this API to allow (strictly on-device) searching of your notes. The searching use-case is ok, but fairly useless, since it only searches part of the note text, and only seems to happen if I explicitly select "In Apps" when using the Google search app. But for some reason, this (or some other API) involves sending "hey, you read a note" events to Google. I couldn't see any way to turn that off on Google's side, without disabling all activity reporting on my account. Thanks for the input — I'll try and make my way through the support process.
  2. I'm using the official Evernote for Android app, and I just noticed when reviewing my Google Account history, that Evernote is notifying Google each time that I open a note on Android, including the note title and its URL. You can see this in your own Google account by visiting this URL: https://myactivity.google.com/item?product=1&q=evernote (see attached image for an example) While I realise that I have at some point explicitly opted in to Google's "Web & App Activity" feature (it's one of the things Google tries hard to get you to agree with when setting up an Android phone), and that this feature says it will "Save your search activity on apps and in browsers", I would not expect that my notes would be party to this. This isn't happening by accident — Evernote has explicitly built Android "app indexing" into their app to allow this to happen. Of course, I can disable "Web & App Activity" on my Google Account, but I would not expect that Evernote would even try sending my sensitive note titles to Google APIs, unless I gave my explicit consent. I can't see where this is covered in the Evernote privacy policy. Certainly "We have your explicit consent to share the information" doesn't apply, though perhaps the vague clause saying "We need to share your information with Service Providers who process data on our behalf in order to operate and improve the features and functionality of the Service" could apply, if you argue that sharing note titles with Google is improving the "features and functionality" of Evernote — for me it's not. In the following section, Evernote says "We do not share your account information or user activity history with third parties for the purpose of enabling them to deliver their advertisements to you." — but this doesn't apply to Google, as they explicitly say in their privacy policy "We try to show you useful ads by using data collected from your devices" Could we please have a way to opt out of this, some transparency about why this feature is enabled, and exactly how the privacy policy applies to this? Thanks
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