The publisher who bought Audacity has modified the T & Cs of its software. Since then, the free software community now considers it spyware.
With the new rules, Muse Group can effectively collecton the operating system and its version, the reference of the used, the IP address for geolocation, Audacity error codes and crash reports. Nothing very extraordinary compared to what others are doing , like Facebook for example. Even Mozilla’s Firefox practices the same kind of data collection and processing to improve the .
A flash in the pan
But, for free software, what makes the community bristle is the data collected that can potentially be shared with third parties and especially be hosted and analyzed by Google and Yandex. The developers therefore called for a boycott, and sometimes gave the name of spyware to Audacity., a medium specialized in free software even asks to uninstall it urgently. Under the , Muse Group revised its copy and promised to self-host the data rather than exploiting tool libraries and hosting from third parties like Google or Yandex.
In addition, the firm announced that the deactivation of thisis easy to do. A decision that seems to have lowered the level of tension with this community. It should be noted that the application of this new policy was only to come into force with version 3.0.3 of the software. This is not yet available and, for the moment, the current version 3.0.2 is not affected by these new conditions.