The allegations of users can be seen against the background of the last developments of the project: Audacity appeared for a long time as a free software and was one of the most popular audio editors. In May 2021, however, the Muse Group took over the application and causes a user with Google Analytics and developers with the forced to a contributor License Agreement.
Personal data for a better app
Furthermore, Audicity may collect all the data that would be administered. They are necessary to enforce the legal interests of the provider, while all other information should ensure the correct functioning of the application. All data wants to save audacity in Europe and forward as needed to other countries like the US and Russia.
Audacity is not intended for persons under the age of 13. If you are young, please do not use the application. This is the lowest age level, which provides the DSGVO for the consent to the processing of personal data.
New guidelines against the community
However, on several foresis pages, the new guidelines initiate rejection on the part of the users: both on Reddit and Github estimated users as unacceptable and pounded a fork of the audio editor. Such without the changes of the last few months already exists – however, the simple access is missing via the full-time package managers of Linux distributions, even Windows and MacOS users have to compile the application even.
After the significant criticism of the user, the project tried to deception on GitHub some of the concerns: Data were not shared with third parties or sold to them, the information from error messages had to releases users only optionally, IP addresses were stored only 24 hours and also the new guideline did not affect the offline use of audacity.
However, the coarse part of the users also declined this explanation: after the use of Google Analytics and forced to the CLA, for many the confidence in the developers was. Also that such wradies and changes for the community from nothing appeared and only a declaration was published, was not helpful.