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Stay well away! - extremely vague privacy and terms

Fiinote in principle offers you note-taking and sync. It piqued my interest because it claims to implement AES-256 encryption, which has the whiff of a privacy-conscious service.

But when you look through their Terms or Privacy Policy, you find nothing of any substance, except for the extremely generic guff about how important your privacy is and how they will definitely comply with the law. But not even one (not one!) mention of where your data would be stored, or where Fiinote is based, legally, physically or otherwise.

So I looked up Fiinote's WhoIs record. The domain name for their email contact, fiistudio.com, is registered by someone seemingly called YuMing of Nexperian Holdings Limited in Hangzhou, China. The registrar is HiChina Zhicheng Technology Ltd. Surprise.

Fiinote does not explain how their encryption is supposedly implemented. It is not an open source app. It does not explain where they are based or to which legal jurisdiction they belong. But then I find out that it's in a country renowned for hugely restricted internet access freedoms and whose government runs a near totalitarian state predicated on a Big Brother like monitoring of everyone's physical and online activity (see, e.g. see here and here.

And I'm supposed to trust them with my private notes and data? And install their software on my devices? If you agree to that, you deserve what you get. Stay far away from Fiinote and its ilk.

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