Goodbye, privacy: Audacity may share the data it collects

As soon as the program was acquired, MuseGroup indicated that Audacity was going to start collect user data in order to continue developing the program, and do it in the best possible way. It didn’t take long for the community to disagree with that decision, and criticism forced the company to postpone its plans.

Now, MuseGroup has updated the privacy notice of the program with new conditions that, unsurprisingly, have caused controversy again. And it is not for less, since that indicates not only that they will continue with the collection of data, but also that they will be able to transfer it to third parties.

MuseGroup may transfer your data for “legal issues”

Initially, the company’s plans were to collect user data so that it could continue to improve Audacity and learn information about how the program was used. Some of the data collected are:

  • Operating system version.
  • Country based on IP (and therefore IP).
  • Name and version of the operating system.
  • CPU.
  • Non-fatal error codes and messages.
  • Critical error memory dumps.

Now, under these same conditions, Audacity will begin to collect other types of information collected within a new section called “legal issues.” The information the company has provided on this is very vague. Unlike the previous point, which allows us to know exactly what is collected, now we can only know that MuseGroup wants to collect «the data necessary to apply the law, data necessary for trials and the data required by the authorities«. But we don’t know exactly what this data is. Personal information? Passwords collected from our PC? It is not known.

New Audacity Telemetry Terms

And not only that, but, although the data is stored on servers in the European Union, MuseGroup may share it with the United States and with Russia.

Telemetry Audacity Russia USA

Audacity now has the most expensive price of all

Unfortunately, we can now say that Audacity is no longer free. Although it is true that we can continue to download it at no cost, in reality by using it we are paying with our data, with our privacy. Nothing good brought about the purchase of MuseGroup, and, unfortunately, it is likely that there’s even more bad news to be discovered in the coming months.

Luckily, on the web we can find a wide variety of alternatives to Audacity to be able to continue editing our audio quickly and easily. And most importantly, alternatives that are not so blatantly made with our data, even if we have to pay for them.

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