I often run technology sessions for educators and professionals. Lately, I have been updating my lesson plans with an activity where I ask the participants to research the privacy and data policy of the services we are exploring. I feel it is important for us to know the company and their policies before we start posting our data. It is also a good idea to know if a service is popular, are their any negative comments regarding the service and how well has the company supported users.
Below is an excerpt from a workshop on Evernote. The participants will have to google for the answer to these questions. I am hoping it becomes a habit with me and my students. We should’nt join a service unless we spend some time looking at the policies or at least finding more information about the company.
What is Evernote’s data policy?
Who owns your data?
Under what conditions will Evernote pass your information to other services?
How long have they been in business?
Who are the competitors and alternative services?