User Guidelines

Effective Date: October 30, 2014 - What’s new »

The Evernote team works hard to provide you with a service that makes you happier and more productive. We strive to give you a great experience by offering essential apps, making sure that your data is protected and being fully transparent about our data handling practices. In return, we ask that you respect the Evernote Service and other users, and follow these rules about what not to do when you’re using the Service. Please remember that when you agreed to our Terms of Service (including these Guidelines), you agreed that you are responsible for any and all conduct and Content under your account.

You agree that when you use the Service, you won’t:

  • Use Evernote for Anything Illegal or Promote Illegal Activities. So don’t do things like post instructions on how to assemble bombs; promote harm to any person, group of people (or animals, for that matter), or any governmental or legal entity; or stalk or harass anyone. This also means don’t violate laws or regulations applicable to you or the use of the Service. You, and not Evernote, are responsible for complying with any laws or regulations applicable to the data in your account.
  • Violate Our Users’ Rights. Don’t invade another’s privacy, and don’t use someone’s personal data for commercial purposes or in some other manner that violates their rights or applicable laws. This also means you shouldn’t upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that you don’t have a right to transmit under any law or under contractual or fiduciary relationships (e.g., inside information, confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements).
  • Annoy or Scam Our Users. Don’t upload, post or otherwise transmit any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising or promotional materials. So no spam, no pyramid schemes, and definitely no “I got kidnapped and need you to wire me $1,000” schemes. Don’t try to solicit users’ passwords or personal information. This also means no engaging in commercial activities within the Service or on behalf of Evernote without our prior approval (e.g., displaying a banner designed to profit you or any other business or organization or displaying banners for services that provide cash or cash-equivalent prizes to users in exchange for hyperlinks to their web sites). And don’t use the Service as a forwarding means to another website.
  • Send Unwanted Messages. Work Chat and other collaboration features in Evernote are intended to enable you to interact and share with people you know and/or who are part of your organization. Do not send unsolicited Work Chat messages to anyone who does not share this kind of connection with you. And when you want to send a Work Chat message to someone who does not yet have an Evernote account, never use Evernote to send an email, SMS, or other type of message to that person unless you are certain that the recipient wants to receive this type of message from you
  • Violate IP Rights. Don’t upload, post or transmit Content that infringes the copyright, trademark or other intellectual property or proprietary rights of another party. And don’t take any action that would be in violation of Evernote's Trademark Brand Guidelines and Usage Requirements.
  • Mess With Our Service. Don’t ruin this for everyone. Don’t upload, promote or distribute software viruses or any other kind of computer code, files or programs that attempt to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment. Don’t interfere with our servers or networks connected to the Service. Don’t try to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service. Unless Evernote has given you its prior approval, don’t access or attempt to access the Service by any means other than through the interface provided by Evernote (including through the use of scripts, web crawlers or the like). And don’t use the Service in a manner that could lead to the interruption of access to the Service for others.
  • Attempt to Copy or Resell Our Service. Don’t try to reproduce Evernote or otherwise try to exploit any part of, use of or access to the Service. This includes accounts for Evernote Premium associated with a Sponsored Group (unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a Separate Agreement). In addition, don’t attempt to prevent or impair the full and complete display of advertisements or other messaging within the Service.
  • Pretend to Be Someone You’re Not. Just be yourself. And in particular, don’t pretend to work at or be affiliated with Evernote if that’s not true.
  • Exceed the Scope of Your Authorized Use. Don’t access or use features that you don’t have a right to use; don’t mess around with other users’ Content if they haven’t given you permission to do so.
  • Use Shared or Public Notebooks to Post Objectionable Content. Don’t upload, publish or display Content that contains nudity, sexually graphic material or material that is otherwise deemed explicit by Evernote; that Evernote deems threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, libelous, obscene, invasive, hateful or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable; or that Evernote determines is in conflict with your obligations under applicable local law or these User Guidelines.

While we hope that all users of the Evernote service comply with these Guidelines, we must caution you that, notwithstanding these Guidelines and the requirements in our Terms of Service, you may be exposed to offensive, indecent or objectionable Content when using the Service. We expect that you understand this and, accordingly, you use the Service at your own risk.

If you encounter any of the prohibited uses listed above, or any other objectionable content, you may contact us at compliance AT evernote DOT com.

Thanks for helping to make Evernote a great experience for everyone!