When classes shifted to online platforms, pretty much everything else about the student life also migrated to the digital realm--from the way they interact with classmates to the way they took down notes. Student-friendly apps and browser extensions grew in popularity, particularly a platform called Notion.
Notion boomed as a favorite topic of discussion among YouTubers. Many students have entrusted their entire semester to the app and its impressive functions and features. From your reviewers to your class schedules, everything can be conveniently accessed in one organized space. But recently, one YouTuber pointed out a concern regarding data privacy on the app.
Notion and data privacy
In a video on her channel, YouTuber Harshibar shared how Notion, and a few other productivity apps, seems to lack one important detail: end-to-end encryption, which the developers are very much aware of and open about. End-to-end encryption basically means that only the sender and the intended receiver have access to the message or content being sent. The internet or service providers and even the platform used to send that content cannot see what it is.
Because Notion does not enable end-to-end encryption, employees of the platform can basically see and access the data of its users. Notion, however, points out that they can only access users' data when it is consented and are intent on keeping it private.
Security and privacy are very important to us, and your content is all yours.— Notion (@NotionHQ) September 4, 2020
Notion employees are only able to access your data with your explicit consent via an inbound inquiry, and are legally bound to keeping your data entirely private ????
That said, Notion developers cannot promise end-to-end encryption no matter how many users have clamored for it because, according to them, certain features of the platform which users find incredibly helpful (such as the full text search) cannot be implemented with the said type of encryption.
We are encrypted at rest and in transit, but not end-to-end, as end-to-end encryption would make features like full text search very tricky. We'll add your vote for 2FA login! You can find our web clipper at the link below ?? https://t.co/4W21u7M0fz— Notion (@NotionHQ) February 25, 2019ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Does this mean that it's unsafe to use Notion and you should entirely stop if you're currently a user?
Not exactly, as the Notion team themselves have said that they are "legally bound" to keep your data private. You should, however, still be careful with the details you input into any platform. While it's more systematic to keep all your deets in one place, sensitive information such as passwords, bank details, and any other incredibly personal data *shouldn't* be stored on such apps.
Watch Harshibar's video here:
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