Muse Group Audacity
(Photo : Pixabay/TheDigitalWay ) Muse Group Audacity spyware

Muse Group caused concerns in the past few days after announcing a new update to its software's privacy policy.

Muse Group is the new owner of the audio-editing app Audacity, and the company stated that it would collect the personal data of Audacity's users.

Muse Group will also share users' personal data with third parties, including potential buyers and law enforcement.

The new policy led to claims from users that the software was becoming spyware, violating their right to privacy.

Muse Group's New Privacy Policy

Muse Group has attempted to clear up the controversy caused by the policy and stated that the concerns were due to the unclear phrasing of the privacy policy.

Music Radar reported that the company would only collect very limited data such as IP addresses, operating system version, opt-in error reports, and processor types from Audacity users.

The users' IP addresses are stored for 24 hours in the company's system before they become irretrievable.

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The company added that it would only share data if required by the court in a jurisdiction in which it operates. Muse Group won't sell or share user data, according to TechRadar.

The company said that data collection is a standard policy requirement for providing services in numerous jurisdictions, regardless of the depth of data collected or the nature of service.

Muse Group admitted that they understand the concerns of the users although insisted that it was a misunderstanding due to the unclear phrasing of the policy and lack of context.

Daniel Ray, the Muse Group's head of strategy, wrote on GitHub that they are now working with a legal team to revise the privacy policy and release a clearer version.

Audacity 3.0 Version

The limited data collection is needed because of the two new features that will be included in the upcoming Audacity 3.0 update.

According to Ray, it is a way to check for updates and report any errors automatically. However, Ray did not address a privacy policy request for users under 13 years of age to not use the app.

The General Public License under which Audacity is distributed does not allow any restrictions on the use of the software.

The updated Audacity privacy policy does not apply to offline use, which means if you block Audacity's access to the internet, it will not be a problem. Also, the policy will come into force with the 3.0 version of the software.

The current and older versions of Audacity do not have any networking features, and they won't collect any data, according to Slash Gear.

Muse Group's statement regarding miscommunication is possible, but Audacity users are still pushing for a better privacy policy that does not require data collection.

Reddit users are now discussing the new policy of Audacity, with some suggesting that it will involve getting rid of license alterations and giving law enforcement access to users' information.

Despite the stir that the new policy made, the number of people who use Audacity continued to surge.

However, if the company won't release a new version of the policy with clearer phrases like they promised, Audacity may lose most of its users.

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Written by Sophie Webster

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