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Open Source Audio Editor Audacity Has Become ‘Spyware’

Anyone deciding to download the free and open-source audio editor Audacity is being warned that the software may now be classified as spyware due to recent updates to its privacy policy. From a report: Audacity has been around for over 21 years and classes as the world’s most popular audio editing software. On April 30, the Muse Group acquired Audacity with the promise that the software would “remain forever free and open source.” However, as FOSS Post reports, last week the Audacity privacy policy page was updated and introduced a number of personal data collection clauses. The data collected includes OS version and name, user country based on IP address, the CPU being used, data related to Audacity error codes and crash reports, and finally “Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests (if any).” 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.”


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