Audacity 3.0 Revealed to be a Spyware That Collects and Shares Users' Data--Is it Time to Delete This?
(Photo : Audacity Team) Is it now the time to delete open-source software Audacity after it was called spyware? Here are the details about it.

Audacity, a popular open-source digital audio editor, has been reported to be storing user's data in the system. In addition, the cross-platform software was called "spyware" which also sends the information to Russian and other firms.

Audacity is Now a Spyware

According to the updated report by Fosspost on July 4, the privacy policy page of the software has received some updates last month including its changes on how it would gather all the users' personal data in the system. For those who are using macOS, your online information might be at risk of being exposed after using Audacity.

In May, Muse Group completed the acquisition of Audacity. The company has imposed changes in data collection in the platform. Moreover, the musician-focused firm is also known for Tonebridge, MuseScore, and the most famous Ultimate Guitar website.

What Are the Personal Data That Are Collected?

Sharing personal details online can put the users' privacy in great harm. For instance, the now-considered spyware, Audacity was reportedly piling up information such as the IP addresses, name of processors, name of OS and its version, as well as some messages.

While this could be considered under a special law that tackles data collection, there was no specification or whatsoever about the particular data that is collected during the process, Apple Insider reported.

According to the company, the IP addresses are kept in storage for a year before being removed. The place called hash is used in storing this information. Given the legal authority and resources, the government entity can detect the user behind the data collection scheme of Audacity.

It was suspected that the main headquarters where the data were stored was in Russia. At the moment, the European Economic Area is said to contain all the information.

It's possible that the personal details have reached the "potential buyers and advisors." There are also third parties and regulators involved in the report. Somehow if the data collection continues without the knowledge of the individuals involved, users would not be able to retrieve the important information.

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What the Privacy Policy Tackles?

Before, everyone could use the application regardless of their age. Now with the new privacy policy coming to take effect, the exclusion for those who want to use Audacity covers users who are below 13 years of age. The reminder tells the underage users to refrain from using the app, but more importantly, the GPL license has committed a violation for this.

People over Reddit have been discussing the new implementation of Audacity when it comes to law enforcement. This will involve how to get rid of the license alterations and collection of users' information.

The continuous surge of people who use the application is healthy for a thriving company, but if it would only exploit the users through suspicious data gathering tactics, it would only lose all of them in an instant.

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Written by Joseph Henry

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