A Simple Comparison of Cross-Platform Text Editors by Their Privacy Policy

A Simple Comparison of Cross-Platform Text Editors by Their Privacy Policy

A Simple Comparison of Cross-Platform Text Editors by Their Privacy Policy

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 05:40 AM PST

So I decided to compare the popular cross-platform note taking apps, by comparing how they take and use your data. I have referred to their privacy policy and/or whatever documents I could find regarding this. So here it goes :


Price : Free

SimpleNote is a widely used cross-platform note taking app. They have dedicated applications for every major platform. While Simplenote do not provide extensive details about encryption of data, they do have a concise privacy policy which is easy to understand. They have also open-sourced their applications.

According to my findings, Simplenote states that

We will share your personally identifiable information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these functions and provide such services, and only pursuant to binding contractual obligations requiring such third parties to maintain the privacy and security of your data.

They are also ready to comply with requests from government for your data. There is also no clear mention if your data is being read by Automattic Inc. or not.

The app turned out to be bug free in my usage.

Download Simplenote

Google Keep

Price : Free

Google Keep is a note-taking app by Google. According to their privacy policy, Google collects data which is read by automated machines. They offer confidentiality of personal data and do not share it with any other company. Google Keep also lacks key features like attachments and API for usage across other applications.

The app functions quite well, with exception of the drawing tool, which fails to launch on the latest build.

Download Google Keep


Price : Free for 2 devices, $3.99/mo or $34.99/yr for Plus, $7.99/mo or $69.99/yr for Premium.

Evernote is the most widely used cross-platform note taking app. According to their Privacy Policy, Evernote and its partner companies collect your device ID, your name and your location along with various other forms of personally identifiable data. They have the most integration out of all note taking services with other applications, as well as the most feature rich. However, they have a severely limited 2 device policy and have recently come into limelight for some controversial decisions.

The app is also very bloated and buggy at times.

According to the latest update to their privacy policy, they do not read what is written in your notes.

Download Evernote


Price : Free

Microsoft's offering collects personally identifiable information and shares it with third party companies for "better experience". They do not explain clearly about what type of data they collect through OneNote, but I do not recommend OneNote if you have any form of sensitive data to store, mainly because of their sharing of data to third party.

The app is quite slow to launch compared to other apps. It also takes a little while to completely load plain text documents with moderate amount of data.

Download OneNote


Price : Free, $4.99/mo for WorkFlowy Pro

WorkFlowy have a very concise privacy policy. While they do collect Personally Identifiable information, they mention you can opt-out of these services. They also mention that they do not share information to any third party. WorkFlowy however mentions that your data can/will be stored on their servers even after you elect to opt out from their servcies.

The app is very well designed and simplistic to use. It was bug-free during my time with the app.

Download WorkFlowy


Price : Free (Currently)

Turtl promotes itself on its privacy features. Aside from Government requests, they state:

Turtl will never share your information with any third party other than a law enforcement agency which has a valid, legal court order mandating us to turn over information. We will not give your information to third parties.

At times, Turtl may advertise, endorse, or promote features or other products, but at no time will any third-party advertiser be allowed to place any hooks into our codebase. Any advertisements run on the Turtl application will be run by Turtl and no one else.

The app is fast, but the design should get a rework. It sometimes fails to load certain components like 'about' data in settings. However, Turtl is still, a new product. It has various limitations and still in beta, but still, If I had to recommend a cross-platform note-taking app right now, Turtl will get my vote, solely due to its privacy policy.

Download Turtl

TLDR : For cross-platform note taking with privacy, Turtl is recommended. SimpleNote and Workflowy are recommended if you want a simple, functional app. Do not bother with OneNote.

Disclaimer : I am by no means affiliated with any company, group or organization having any kind of relation to above topic. I am a simple student who has compiled the above in good faith. There may or may not be errors in my interpretation of the documents I referred to, so please notify me if I have made any mistake.

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 06:33 AM PST

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 08:11 AM PST

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Many say just move the app to the SD card in Settings. There's a problem with that. It only moves the APP instead of the APP and DATA together. There's no way to move an OBB file to the SD card without rooting and my phone can't be rooted anyway.

Why hasn't Google made this option yet?

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 02:46 AM PST

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I would love to hear your feedbacks to improve my application.

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 08:41 AM PST

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 05:56 AM PST

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If it's worth mentioning, I am currently using LibreOffice on Windows 10.

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 09:26 AM PST

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How can I replace stock download manager that Google Play uses?

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 09:02 AM PST

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Good TV remote for S7?

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 09:59 AM PST

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is there an app that can place invisible widgets that can launch an app?

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Adding folders to drawers in Nova Launcher?

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Is Clean Master slowing your phone?

Posted: 01 Jan 2017 09:12 AM PST

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 03:07 AM PST

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THanks all of you for leaving your thoughts.

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Posted: 01 Jan 2017 08:58 AM PST

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