Here is a case that has concerned many users of this free open source software used for more than 20 years by many radio and podcast enthusiasts: the collection of personal data by Audacity.
However, Muse Group assured that it was doing what was necessary regarding the RGPD for Europeans with a supposedly “adequate” level of protection. By the way, all the changes prevented users under 13 from using the software.
Here is what was said, summarized by kulturegeek.fr :
- The wording has been adapted to remove any ambiguity or promote transparency, in particular that we do not collect additional information for law enforcement or any other purpose.
- We have explained the purpose of the two network functions, error reporting and update checking.
- We have removed the clause that discourages children under the age of 13 from using Audacity.
- We have made some changes to the way we handle error reports to ensure that we never store potentially identifiable information.
This should reassure users, some of whom have high expectations of the Muse Group buyout. If the software remains free, new features are expected to be added for a fee. Finally, the interface, which is indeed rather old, should be revamped.