Audacity has said that the only data it exchanges with users is software updates and error reports, though there have since been calls from concerned users to uninstall the tool or revert to an earlier version.
Technology website Fosspost have also described the most recent version of Audacity as ‘possible spyware’.
In the scathing article, it is written: ‘One would not expect an offline desktop application to be collecting such data, phoning-home and then handing that data to governments around the world whenever they see fit. If you want to stay away from such things, then stay away from Audacity.’
Furthermore, while European user data is stored in Europe, it may ‘occasionally’ be shared with Muse Group’s headquarters in Russia. Ray stated that this was done in order to monitor signs of potential distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks.
Ray said that Muse Group are not intending to monetise Audacity, but rather ‘modernise’ it through measures such as releasing updates ‘every few weeks’.