Bold new data collection policy triggers an uproar

Recent changes Bold The privacy policy has led some users Audio editing application spyware. The open source software is now collecting user data for “application analysis” and “improvement of our application” and “for law enforcement.”

Following Muse Group, the privacy policy was updated on July 2nd Audacity in April — Muse Group also owns Ultimate Guitar and notation app MuseScore.According to reports , The policy states that Muse Group is collecting detailed information about the user’s operating system version, processor, country based on IP address, crash reports, and non-fatal error codes and messages. According to this policy, processing this data is in the company’s “legitimate interest” to “provide and ensure the normal operation of the application.”

The data it collects on grounds of law enforcement is more obscure. The policy states that Muse Group will collect “data required by law enforcement, litigation, and authority requirements (if any).” It may share personal data with “any competent law enforcement agency, regulatory agency, government agency, court or other third party that we believe is necessary to disclose.” Data may also be shared with potential buyers.

The user’s personal data is stored on servers in the European Economic Area (EEA).However, Muse Group “sometimes need to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external legal counsel in the United States.” Muse Group pointed out that as long as the personal data “is transferred outside the European Economic Area to the European Commission deems insufficient Country/region, your personal data will be based on [the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation].”

The policy stipulates that the user’s IP address is “stored in an identifiable way” for one day before being hashed. This allows users to be identified through law enforcement or government data requests.

Other points in the privacy policy have raised some concerns, including prohibiting the use of Audacity by children under 13 years of age.That, as Foss post Note that it violates Audacity’s distribution license. The General Public License prohibits restrictions on software use. Engadget has contacted Muse Group for comments.

For privacy-conscious Audacity users and teenagers who modify audio in the app, nothing will be lost.Some users have call A branch of software, a new version of an application based on source code. It is not surprising to see the community develop Audacity in this direction.

Before the fork, privacy-conscious users may want to find alternative software, or at least prevent Audacity from accessing the Internet. After all, it is a desktop application without any tangible online features.

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