Audacity was acquired by Muse Group in April 2021, which is likely the catalyst behind Audacity’s recent policy change.
The update to its Desktop Privacy Notice implies that Audacity will collect information about your operating system, country, and your CPU. Even more concerning, it also insinuates that your information could be subject to review by law enforcement, and occasionally sent to the company’s headquarters in Russia.
This came as a shock to Audacity’s massive userbase, who immediately began criticizing the platform for wanting to “spy” on users and sell their data. However, Audacity has denied these claims. In a post on GitHub, Daniel Ray, the head of strategy at Muse Group, attempted to clear the air about the update, stating:
To clarify, Ray said that the data that Audacity collects is “very limited,” but it still includes your basic system information, optional error report data, and your IP address, which is “pseudonymized and irretrievable after 24 hours.” As for the portion on law enforcement, Audacity will only share your information if it’s “compelled by a court of law” in a jurisdiction that Audacity serves.
Ray emphasized on the fact that this policy won’t apply if you’re using Audacity offline. It also won’t apply if you don’t update Audacity, as the current version (3.0.2.) doesn’t require data collection.
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