Personal Data we collect
- OS version [I presume they mean App version.]
- User country based on IP address
- OS name and version
- Non-fatal error codes and messages (i.e. project failed to open)
- Crash reports in Breakpad MiniDump format
- Data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests (if any)
The first four are pretty common for Mac apps to collect without opt-in, as part of a software update check. I don’t think IP addresses really count as personal data if they are not linked with other identifying information. Otherwise, anyone with a Web site who didn’t disable logging would be considered to be collecting personal information.
I don’t think error codes or crash reports should be collected without the user opting in.
Update (2021-07-07): Syenta:
I have already uninstalled it and cleared out the %AppData% folder where I found the LastLog which listed:
Kalk = A calculator
None of which are in
folder Why would you list things not used by Audacity like Kalk
Ray adds that its data collection is “very limited” and only includes “pseudonymized” IP addresses that are “irretrievable after 24 hours,” system information that includes “OS version and CPU type,” and optional error report data—not users’ microphone recordings or personal details.
Also worth mentioning here is that some of the other products under the Muse Group umbrella—like the music notation software MuseScore—feature nearly identical privacy policies, which suggests the parent company just updated Audacity’s policies for some consistency across its catalog. But that doesn’t excuse the piss-poor wording on its original draft, which Ray swears will be “revised” soon enough.
Stepdown as Maintainer of this Fork
Disclaimer: I really thought long about this, and I haven’t slept in two days due to ongoing harassments of 4chan.
As the first people were literally arriving at my place of living, where they knocked on my doors and windows to scare us, I am hereby officially stepping down as a maintainer of this project.
I don’t understand how this escalated.
While there was still a segment of the Audacity userbase that was skeptical about remote analytics being added into a program that never needed it before, representatives from the Muse Group seemed to be listening to the feedback they were receiving. Keary assured users that plans to implement telemetry had been dropped, and that should they be reintroduced in the future, it would be done with the appropriate transparency.