So apparently, as of July 2, 2021, Audacity - which was bought by Muse Group two months ago; Muse Group also being the owners of Ultimate Guitar and MuseScore, the latter of which is also open-source - can now collect data on you and send it to state regulators as well as anyone they classify as a “third-party”, “advisors” or “potential buyers.” They've also made it so that anyone under 13 can no longer use Audacity due to said data collection. According to Wikipedia as well as Audacity's own website, this data collection is "necessary for law enforcement, litigation and authorities’ requests."
This is an offline desktop application and an audio editor. WHY DO THEY NEED TO DO THIS.
Good think Audacity is free and open-source, though. Watch as the Internet forks this to heck and back.
From Kurisu to Watercress on Sunday, July 04, 2021 19:04:09
Re: So Audacity is apparently collecting data on people now.
By: Watercress to All on Sun Jul 04 2021 03:25 pm
What an absolute clusterfuck.
This is yet another thing that's due to be a Xadara article... once I bloody get to writing again. :)
Seriously, what in the hell is that horse shit?
From Nkeck72@firstname.lastname@example.org (nkeck72) to Watercress on Monday, July 05, 2021 12:38:38
People are freaking out about this, but in reality the data it's
collecting is literally just bug report stuff and maybe the names of
MIDI devices you're using. It's literally just information that would
be used in bug hunting, and a way to get a profile of user hardware so
they know what to test on.
Oh, and you can opt out. Edit > Preferences > Interface. Linux builds
don't seem to be collecting any data yet, so the option isn't there,
but it should be in Windows builds.