A popular open source app regrets the privacy fuss – promises to improve its habits


The open source application Audacity has been in the eye of the storm on several occasions during the summer. In May, the development team announced that it would add telemetry to the app, but the plans eventually had to be canceled due to strong user opposition. In early July, changes were made to the service’s privacy policies, and users rose to their hind legs again.

Now Audacity has been publishing on GitHub for a very long time bulletin, where, among other things, it regrets its previous, very vague communication. At the same time, it presents the revised privacy policies in detail and seeks to better explain to users why any reform is being made.

BetaNewsin according to Audacity explains the intricacies of previous privacy practices by the fact that they were based on a legal text. The developers promise that in the future the context of the changes will always be better explained, so that the users will also understand what exactly is at stake.

“We deeply regret how poorly we communicated in the past about changes in privacy policies,” the Audacity team writes.

Audacity stated earlier that the data it collects can also be shared with authorities if a request comes. However, it did not specify at the time what kind of information the application would collect from its users that could be shared with the authorities. Now it emphasizes that no additional information about users will be collected for the police or any other body.

The developers of the application promise that under no circumstances will the users’ full ip address be retained, but it will be truncated before hashing or will not be stored at all.

Audacity also says it has reversed its previous decision that children under the age of 13 should not use the app.

Audacity’s new privacy policies are readable from here.


Source: Tivi by www.tivi.fi.

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