The new owner of Audacity has already made enemies. Will it be eavesdropping on users?

The new regulations and privacy policy in Audacity have been introduced by the Muse Group – the new owner, who has several other music applications in his portfolio, such as MuseScore, Ultimate Guitar and StaffPad. Updated records assume that the application will collect and send to creators, among others information to assist law enforcement agencies in enforcing the law and conducting legal proceedings. What does this mean in practice? The regulations do not reveal this. It is known that information about the application itself, as well as information necessary for the services, is to be collected and sent to the developers. However, the Muse Group does not explain what exactly is going on. The privacy policy states that Audacity can only be used by people over the age of 13. This goes against the philosophy of open source applications and can be very difficult to enforce.

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It didn’t take long for the community to respond. On Github Audacity in the section Issues a lively discussion about the new regulations and privacy policy of the application has been going on for several days. Although in Audacity version 3.0.2 in the stable version, no user tracking tools were found, some developers suggest returning to a slightly older version of the application (2.4.2) for your own peace of mind. They are already being built forklift Audacity, e.g. in the form daringin which, in the future, references to telemetry and other mechanisms for monitoring users’ actions will be removed.

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However, it cannot be denied that the movements of the new owner can alienate new and old users of the application from Audacity. And although the regulations and privacy policy are mostly a copy of what can be found on Musescore (another music application belonging to the same company), it does not necessarily mean that tracking tools will appear in the latest version of Audacity. The more so because it is about those that will allow you to send information about what lovers of recording and editing audio files are doing on it.

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However, if you use this application and you care about privacy, it is worth keeping track of changes that will be introduced in the future. Perhaps this is just unnecessary panic among commenters on Github. On the other hand, it’s better to be safe than sorry and react in time. You will have to rely on the help of the developer community to develop it under a different name. No worries about security and privacy. There are not so many alternatives, let alone free ones, for Audacity. And if they are, they often offer much less advanced tools that the app is known for.

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