Audacity, with over 100 million users worldwide, is popular among podcast and music publishers. Its policy says that the data can be shared with your Russian company, WSM, as well as regional authorities.
Audacity says that the only data it exchanges with its users is software updates and bug reports, but since the Software policy was updated, there have been countless users worried about not being able to uninstall or revert to an older version.
Audacity was purchased by Cypriot company Muse Group in April 2021.
Strategy head Daniel Ray told BBC News: “We don’t know anything about our users. “We don’t want their personal information – that doesn’t help us.”
The company, which acquired Audacity, intended to release more frequent updates, said Ray. The software policy was “written by lawyers, to be reviewed and validated by lawyers, not ordinary people” is one of the requirements any software must meet. registered.
Daniel Ray stated that children under 13 can no longer use the Audacity app, to comply with data laws as defined by law, but anyone of any age can still use the product in offline mode.
European user data is stored in Europe, but Audacity may “occasionally” share all information at its headquarters in Russia.
Several individual Internet Protocol (IP) addresses were encoded using an encryption technique called hashing. The company went public to inform that it intended to “modernize” Audacity.
“Previously, updates were done very slowly sometimes taking a few years and in the future we plan to update weekly.”
The goal was to monitor signs of potential distributed denial of service (DDoS), because when software is flooded with data requests the intention is to take it offline.