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Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners... [UPDATED]
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 06, 2021 12:00AM
[www.pcmag.com]

...The personal data collected can be shared with Muse Group employees, auditors, advisors, legal representatives and "similar agents," potential company buyers, and "any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court or other third party where we believe disclosure is necessary (i) as a matter of applicable law or regulation, or (ii) to exercise, establish or defend our legal rights."

It's also stated that personal data is stored on servers in the European Economic Area (EEA), but that "we are occasionally required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external counsel in the USA."


I've seen worse.

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UPDATE:
Per Ars...

This was actually announced in May and news sites only just glommed on.

If you compile the app yourself, the telemetry features are disabled by default. If you install it, your IP and usage info is uploaded to their own servers and not to 3rd parties. /this seems to satisfy a lot of users.

The new privacy policy was first submitted as a pull request on May 4. In that original version, the policy stated that Audacity would use libcurl to transport telemetry and that Google Analytics would track...

There was immediate pushback—which Audacity developer crsib responded to officially three days later on May 7 by updating the original PR.

The May 7 update states that "telemetry is strictly optional and disabled by default" (emphasis crsib's), that telemetry only works in builds made by GitHub CI from the official repository, and that anyone compiling Audacity from source will be given a CMake option to enable the telemetry code—but that the option, and therefore building the telemetry functions, would be off by default.

Although FOSS-focused media outlets including FOSSPost and Slashgear reported negatively on this issue over the holiday weekend, the contributors and commenters active on the project's Github seem to have been largely satisfied by the May 13 update, which declared that Muse Group would self-host its telemetry sessions rather than using third-party libraries and hosting.








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Re: Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners...
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: July 06, 2021 08:11AM
Just as well that my preferred audio software for the Mac is Bias Peak LE 2 on my PowerMac 8600 running OS9.
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Re: Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners...
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 06, 2021 09:30AM
It's a sad day...Someone will fork Audacity and rename it, something like "Yticadua"



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Re: Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners...
Posted by: neophyte
Date: July 06, 2021 10:28AM
Audacity: n. Bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention.

Yeah, the name fits.
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Re: Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners... [UPDATED]
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 07, 2021 12:22PM
Audacity was the go-to application for audio editing/manipulation for those of us not able to afford the pro software.



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Re: Popular Audio app Audacity branded "spyware" after latest update and changes to privacy terms by new owners... [UPDATED]
Posted by: kj
Date: July 07, 2021 07:05PM
Do people use that type of audio editing app any more? Doesn't seem like it. Traditional DAWS are even getting long in the tooth, in a way.
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