Audacity 3.0 called spyware following changes to data collection by new owner – .

Audacity 3.0 called spyware following changes to data collection by new owner – .

Audacity, the popular open-source audio editing software, has been labeled spyware in a report, with privacy policy changes revealing that the tool collects data about its users and shares it with other companies, as well as sending the data to Russia. .
Audacity was acquired by Muse Group in May, a company that also controls Ultimate Guitar, MuseScore and Tonebridge. Since purchasing Audacity, changes have been discovered in online support documents indicating that it is used to perform data collection on its users.

Audacity’s privacy policy page was updated on June 2, reports Fosspost, with some additions relating to the collection of personal data. Specifically, that the app collects a variety of details relating to Mac users.

The data list includes the operating system and version, the user’s country based on their IP address, non-fatal error codes and messages, crash reports and the processor used. As part of the data collected “for law enforcement”, the software collects “data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and requests from authorities (if applicable)”, but not specifically what data are collected in such cases.
IP addresses are stored “in an identifiable manner only for one calendar day”, stored as a hash with a salt changed daily. The hash is stored for a year before being deleted, although the company also claims that the salt “is not stored on any database and cannot be retrieved after being changed.”
It is claimed that one day of storage is sufficient for a government entity to identify a user, with sufficient resources and legal authority.
The data would be stored in the European Economic Area, although the language of the policy also mentions that the company is “occasionally required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external counsel in the United States.”
Personal data may also be shared with a long list of entities, including “advisers” and “potential buyers”, as well as with law enforcement agencies, regulators, courts and law enforcement agencies. ‘other third parties.
While previously the app was available to all ages, under the GPL license, the privacy policy also includes language that tells people under the age of 13 to “please do not use the app”. This is considered a violation of the GPL license under which Audacity is released.
Conversations on Reddit and GitHub included a fork of Audacity in a new project, with the goal of removing it from data collection and license changes.
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