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  1. Thank you JBenson for the link. I like the Three Laws idea. And it is certainly comforting. I hope it is enough. Of course there is the irony of the choice of titles as in the Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. To GrumpyMonkey, yes, I do know of such a business. My business. I am a physician. After centuries of being governed by a moral code, medicine is now endowed with HIPAA - a privacy act intended to make your medical records private and portable. Hmm, go figure. Imagine I saw you as a patient and recorded intimate details of your life in your medical record as they became necessary. When you last wet your bed. When you were treated for a sexually transmitted disease or for depression following the death of your dog. Please don't get me wrong. These are serious problems - all. And I guard these secrets and millions of others without fail. Now, I am going bankrupt - say because Medicare has cut payments by 27%, which I believe, is scheduled for March 1. What will I do with your records? I would think you might be concerned. There are a lot of people and businesses who would pay me for the material. I followed HIPAA while I was seeing you but now I am bankrupt or retiring (a more pleasant thought) and what happens to your private records is, as you say, really of no concern to me. So I sell the records to the highest bidder. Maybe to a hospital or insurance company. Are you OK with this? I can tell you that doctors are not and we would never do any of the above. I had to drink some Vodka just to write it. But you seem to think that most businesses would not attempt or even want to protect your privacy. And to BNF, I apologize. I don't know what trolling in this context means but I certainly understand highjacking. Your point is that despite my admiration, my sin of posting in the wrong place has earned your disgust. I apologize again and will retire. Sorry to have disturbed.
  2. I see that you are quite the uber user from the number of posts you have made so I greatly respect your opinion. Having said that and at the risk of making you come over here, I researched privacy policies and privacy in several ways before and after arriving at this forum. With your advice, I went back and reviewed several hundred odd black helicopter posts about security of an individuals files. Many of the common sense and expert replies were from you and JBenson and I understand them without exception. Nevertheless, the issue that I seem to have mistakenly placed in the wrong thread instead of starting anew is not whether someone will hack my data at Evernote or on my computer. I am and remain concerned about what Evernote will do with my data stored on their servers. I understand and agree with their described legitimate and laudible statements of what they collect and what they do with the information. The remaining issue is still - how do you know that won't change and what if they sell their assets to another company?!! This is not an issue covered in the other posts. It is an important issue. And it is more important for sites like Evernote wherein people are invited to use the site as JBenson says, their second brains. This is not a trivial or irrelevant question. Will Evernote make a stand regarding the long term disposition of inherantly private data and say, we promise forever or is it just going to be "In Phil we Trust?"
  3. Thanks for the reply Jeff. I agree newbies can be irritating bringing along old topics without researching first. I believe I did that in this case and hope that I brought a fresh perspective to the general idea of web based service privacy based on the changeable policies of their owners. If I didn't then I apologize for the dime wasted and will happily retreat into the night quietly. Please direct me to the discussion on the permanence of web based service policies. By the way, I remain very impressed with Evernotes capacity and plan to use it regardless of the policy change. But without that change, my intent would be to use it only for things that I wouldn't mind exposing to the world - ever. Unfortunately, that does rather limit things, doesn't it. And I did notice the tendency for the frequent and welcome presence of employees.
  4. No, I don't think the topic has been discussed ad nauseum. I am an Evernote newbie having just arrived. The power of this service is staggering. In addition to my own needs, I am a physician and care for thousands of people with memory impairment. As a neurologist, I am constantly advising people to obtain and use mnemonic assistance devices and this is the best I think I have ever seen. I have been invited to and reviewed many online services in the past and have a tendency to read the user agreement and security policies. As you are all aware, most people do not. They use the services willy-nilly and assume, without any reason to do so and all evidence to the contrary, that information they have posted to a company's site is somehow magically protected. In addition, they assume that the company will use their information only in order to serve the visiting individual. Their presumption seems to be that these companies spend their money and resources for charitable purposes and the venture capitalists who invented the service temporarily ran out of ideas that might make themselves money and instead became absolute altruists. Unfortunately for these presumptions, the skeptics (we call ourselves realists) notice that 1) altruists quickly run out of money and disappear from the web, 2) the monetization of web services is the largest growth industry in the world and the race to become the next Google is the wet dream of every software CEO in the world, 3) many web services have already betrayed privacy policies they themselves wrote only to rewrite them and expose or use information they explicitly stated they wouldn't a la Facebook. Evernote's terms of use and privacy policies are in my opinion fair, laudable and clear. I am not an attorney nor do I play one on TV but the user agreements are far more favorable to the user than any other site I have reviewed. Notwithstanding the above (how was that for legalese), Evernote needs to take the final step. There is, of course, the standard disclaimer that Evernote may change its policies. For example, “we previously didn’t collect any personal information but now we are going to. The good news is that we are going to limit our collection only to sentences or image captions using the words husband, wife, girlfriend, and boyfriend. And "if Evernote should ever sell its assets, merge with another entity or file for bankruptcy, information collected from this web site and in the operation of the services may be transferred as assets of Evernote." It's the third to last sentence in the Privacy Policy. And it means everything. Maybe we love and trust Phil and Evernote but then they can’t make it or decide to sell out and make the fortune they deserve. How long will the policies remain in our favor? Phil, I am willing to pay you for your brilliant, fantastic service and more than you are currently charging. I can live without HIPAA compliance (though I think you have an opportunity there). I am willing to recommend your service to all of my friends and family. I will post a link to your site on business’ links and refer my thousands of memory challenged patients to you. But you have to one thing first. Make it permanent. That's all. Make a commitment. Take a stand. Give us the “Everpolicy” for Evernote. "If Evernote should ever sell its assets, merge with another entity or file for bankruptcy, information collected from this web site and in the operation of the services may be transferred as assets of Evernote but only under absolute conditions that the collected information will be treated in the same manner as the current Evernote terms of service and Privacy Policies specify." Commit to never selling us out and turning Evernote into another data mine. The Wall Street guys won't like it. But your users will. And who knows? Maybe people will start moving their information from sites poised to sell out and those in the "building phase" to Evernote. The web service we can trust – forEver. Thanks for your prolonged attention.
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