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After acquisition by a new company In Audacity privacy policy

An update to has raised concerns that the popular and open-source audio editor could be used to collect large amounts of user data. In fact, users have even started making a spyware approximation for Audacity.

Audacity was acquired earlier this year by a company called Muse Group, which owns a variety of music and audio software including Ultimate Guitar, MuseScore, and Tonebridge. When the acquisition was announced, it was promised that the software would remain free and open source. However, some sections of the community believe that the new privacy policy goes against the philosophies and ambitions of the open source movement.

According to the new privacy policy, Audacity will collect information such as the operating system version, processor and error codes, as well as information such as the user’s location. According to the policy, this information is necessary for analytical purposes and to improve the application, but it raises questions as to why location data is needed. The policy continues by stating that Audacity will collect necessary data for law enforcement, lawsuits and requests from authorities. Again, no details are given about what kind of information this article may cover. There is speculation that this could also be used by the company to justify a breach of user privacy.

Contributors for Audacity have even begun work on both GitHub and Reddit platforms, with developers leaving to develop a new audio editor using Audacity code as the backbone.


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