The original policy, which was drafted in anticipation of the release of Audacity 3.0.3, received a large amount of media attention due to the inclusion of a few key provisions that appeared to some to violate promises we had previously made. We want to address the issues that were raised, give assurances about our intentions, and provide verifiable proof of what information is actually sent from Audacity.
The team has also removed provisions that banned users under the age of 13 from using Audacity.
- Phrasing has been adjusted to remove ambiguity or aid in transparency, in particular that we do not collect any additional information for law enforcement or any other purpose
- We have explained the purpose of the two networking features, error reporting and update checking
- We have removed the provision that discourages children under 13 years old from using Audacity
- We have made some changes to how we process error reports to ensure that we never store any potentially identifiable information
For Audacity users that have remaining concerns about the application’s status, a ‘fork’ of the audio editor has been created, Tenacity. Developers that want to contribute can see project info at Github.