Evernote will not implement its controversial new privacy policy on January 23 after all

Fast Company:

After receiving a tremendous amount of user backlash yesterday, Evernote has decided not to move forward with the revisions to its privacy policy that it planned to put into effect on January 23. They would have given the note-taking service more latitude to allow certain employees to look at the information its users stored, in the interest of improving machine-learning algorithms.

“We’re going to take a step back, and not just think about machine learning and what that means for us, but also think about how we can express our approach to privacy in the most clear way possible,” Andrew Malcolm, Evernote’s senior VP of marketing, told Fast Company. “So users can have confidence that we’re as committed to privacy as we’ve ever been, but also understand how we do that.”

Translation: “We’re going to pull our heads out of our asses and try to understand how we managed to screw the pooch so badly on this.”