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Audacity, the open-source audio editor, has been branded as “possible spyware” after a controversial privacy policy change gives its new owner permission to collect personal data, share it with governments and sell to private firms without your consent.


This comes after the Audacity acquisition back in May by the Muse Group: owners of Tonebridge and Ultimate Guitar Score. Since then, users have spotted several changes to the privacy policy page with this latest alteration being the most significant of all.

The main concern here is just how vague the wording is. As you can read for yourself on Audacity’s Desktop Privacy Notice page, the company reserves the right to collect and share “data necessary for law enforcement,” or sell “to a potential buyer.”

More alarming than this, though, is the treatment of highly sensitive real IP addresses, which are “stored in an identifiable way only for a calendar day” before they are hashed. That means if a Government was to send a data request, user identification is possible.

Not only that, but all data is stored on servers in the “European Economic Area (EEA).” That is fine in and of itself, but the policy continues to say “we are occasionally required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external counsel in the USA.”

This means the data is not stored in one particular country, which in turn means that it can be freely shared with any government including Russia.

As a direct consequence of this action, Audacity now has to add the “minor clause,” requesting people under 13-years-old to not use the app.

Artical Arcive Arcive of Audacity's new ToS

If you want to use Audacity I recommend using a version older then 2.4 2.3.2 should be fine but I'd just stay away completely.
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