Audacity labelled as “spyware” over controversial new data collection practices

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    Audacity has drawn sharp criticism over controversial changes to its privacy policy, which state that the free, open-source DAW will deploy data collection mechanisms and can possibly even sell user data to third-party buyers.

    Audacity amended its privacy policy on 2 July to state that it will collect a number of data points from users, which will be stored on its servers based in Europe. These data points include a user’s “country based on IP address” and “data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests”.

    Furthermore, Audacity said it would “occasionally [be] required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external counsel in the USA.”

    The new privacy policy further suggests that user data could be sold to third-party buyers. In a section labelled “Who does Audacity share your Personal Data with?”, the company wrote that personal data could be sold to “a potential buyer (and its agents and advisers)”.

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    https://www.engadget.com/audacity-data-collection-privacy-policy-muse-group-145857557.html

    Muse Group, the new owner of audio-editing app Audacity, caused a stir in recent days with an update to the software's privacy policy. It stated that Muse Group will collect users' personal data and possibly share that information with third parties, including law enforcement and potential buyers. That led to claims from users that the software was becoming "spyware."

    The company has attempted to clear up the controversy, which it says is primarily down to "unclear phrasing in the Privacy Policy,” as Music Radar reported. Muse Group says it will only collect "very limited" data (operating system version, processor type, IP address and opt-in error reports) from Audacity users. Users' IP addresses are stored in a readable format for 24 hours before they become "pseudonymized and irretrievable."

    And this...

    The updated privacy policy does not apply "to offline use of the application," so if you block Audacity's access to the internet, it shouldn't be an issue. The policy will only come into force with the next version of the software, 3.0.3. Current and older versions don't have any networking features and they won't collect any data.
     
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    Already uninstalled and they can go frell themselves.
     
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