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Users are accusing Audacity of becoming "spyware"

An update to their terms of service has left customers confused

  • Tope Olufemi
  • 9 July 2021
Users are accusing Audacity of becoming "spyware"

Audacity, the popular audio editing software, has is under scrutiny from users who suspect an update to their terms of service has enabled the software to mine their data.

The software was acquired by Muse Group two months ago, with many suspicious that the app will now be used to scrape users’ data.

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According to the new privacy policy, user data can be handed to Audacity’s offices in Russia and the USA. Data may also be shared with third parties, while IP addresses remain on the server of the service for a day before being anonymised, with the potential to give governments access.

Given that the application is offline this data should not be available, as a result of this many users of Audacity are planning to abandon the program.

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Audacity has since shared a statement saying that the privacy policy is worded poorly, pointing out that users can opt out of sharing their IP addresses.

Tope Olufemi is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow them on Twitter

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