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Audacity 3.0 and up Spyware

From the web:

Google search : https://www.google.com/search?q=audacity-now-spyware&oq=audacity-now-spy...

"Anyone deciding to download the free and open-source audio editor Audacity is being warned that the software may now class as spyware due to recent updates to its privacy policy. ..."

https://fosspost.org/audacity-is-now-a-spyware/

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Monitoring Closely

I'm monitoring the situation closely. As there was no accompanying release with the July 2 change in privacy policy, I was thinking that it was being written overly broad for a specific situation. It seems that may be the case and we'll see how they adjust the policy over the coming days: https://github.com/audacity/audacity/discussions/1225

Side Note: In a similar fashion, our privacy policy for PortableApps.com is written more broadly than is necessary as that was the standard way to do it when I had written it using online guides. We technically collect "personal" information in the form of IP addresses (mostly only the EU considers it personal) for the standard Apache logs, though we don't save the logs permanently and it's entirely deleted every few days. I set the wiping before anyone even considered IP addresses personal information from a legal standpoint purely due to disk space issues over a decade ago. Log files get *big*. The privacy aspect was just an unexpected bonus, it turns out.

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Same for MuseScore

I don't think they will change much.
MuseScore is same company now and has similar policy: https://musescore.com/legal/privacy

The Service we provide through the Website and the App is not intended for individuals below the age of 13. If you are under 13 years old, please do not use the Service. You may only use MuseScore if you are over the age at which you can provide consent to data processing under the laws of your country or if verifiable parental consent for your use of MuseScore has been provided to us. Shock Bad

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New privacy notice

They changed a bit:
https://www.audacityteam.org/about/desktop-privacy-notice/

The minors can still use Audacity.

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