Audacity labelled as “spyware” over controversial new data collection practices
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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 software also now classifies itself as “not intended for individuals below the age of 13”, possibly in connection to its new policies.
“So they collect any data the authorities request. It’s stored in EU region but share it with Russia and USA too… For a software that runs locally? I would call it a spyware by definition,” wrote one user in the Linux subreddit.
One Github user wrote: “At this point [Audacity] can’t be trusted even if they revert this change.”
Several Github users are calling for Audacity to be ‘forked’, which is to build a new version of the software, minus the data collection mechanisms. Users would be able to do this legally, so long as they abide by the open-source software’s licensing.
The third edition of Audacity arrived earlier this March and was recently acquired by Muse Group, the company which also owns MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar.
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