Audacity will now send your data to Russia – user protest

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The new terms of use of Audacity, a popular open-source audio processing software, have disappointed many users. Some talk about creating a fork, which is a separate version of the program, which would remain 100% open source.

Audacity is one of the most famous audio processing software in the world. It has been around for twenty years already and allows you to record and edit sounds and music on different tracks, for free and in open source.  This feature has convinced many users around the world, some of whom are protesting today.

The problem with the new version is its terms of use. Last April, Audacity was acquired by Muse Group. A resumption was finalized on July 2. The next day, this operation was followed by an update of the software's privacy policy. This new policy implies in particular that the user's location will be recorded for analysis purposes. In addition, the text mentions that data may be collected at the request of the police, lawyers, and the government, but remains particularly vague as to the extent of this possibility. In addition, the application will no longer be able to be used by children under the age of 13, probably because children cannot legally consent to the recording of their data, either in the EU or in the United States. Another "cheerful" news? Muse Group is a Russian company. It clearly states in its terms that the personal data of its users will be stored on servers located within the EU, but will have to be shared from time to time with its head office located in Russia and with its external advisors established in the United States.

Audacity enverra désormais vos données en Russie - protestation des utilisateurs

Spyware

In truth, the new terms of the app are not fundamentally different from the ones you agree to for much other commercial software. The problem, in this case, is obviously that Audacity was originally an open-source project. That is why its users feel betrayed by such a lack of transparency. The word"spyware" is beginning to flourish on social networks. Not to mention that Muse Group has already displeased several volunteer programmers of the software in the past, by making them sign contracts that gave it the rights to their additions.

Meanwhile, on the Linux and Reddit forums, there is already talk of the possibility of performing a fork, that is, a hijacking of the program's code, which will constitute software in its own right and will be maintained voluntarily. In addition, users looking for an audio processing program and who prefer to wait out of distrust of the new conditions always have the option to download an earlier version. The code of the program being open source, the previous versions are still available online for free, without new conditions.

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