One of the biggest strengths of open source software is its openness which brings other benefits such as freedom of use, security through auditing, flexibility, and more.
This is mostly thanks to the open source licenses that these programs use. But from time to time people try to make changes that irritate the user community and developers.
The uproar started a few months ago when… Buy Audacity is by the Muse Group, the company behind popular music software such as MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar.
Audacity is still open source, as it cannot be changed to proprietary software in its current form. But that doesn’t mean that Muse Group can’t make some harmful changes.
Audacity has become a spyware
As a desktop application without basic online functionality, Audacity did not need to be connected to the Internet.
The data list includes the operating system, version, the user’s country based on the IP address, messages, error codes, crash reports, and the processor in use.
For example, it says it collects data necessary for law enforcement. But it does not specify what type of data is collected.
There are also questions regarding the storage of data on servers in the USA, Russia and the European Economic Area.
IP addresses are stored in a recognizable manner for a day before they are hashed and then stored in servers for a year.
The new policy also prohibits people under the age of 13 from using the software, which is a violation of the GPL used by Audacity.
There are now calls to split the program in order to prevent data collection from users who want to edit audio with the free program.