Audacity was acquired by Muse Group In May, a company that also controls Ultimate Guitar, MuseScore and Tonebridge. Since the purchase of Audacity, changes have been discovered in the online support documents that indicate that it is being used to collect data about its users.
The data list includes the operating system and version, the user’s country based on their IP address, non-fatal error codes and messages, crash reports, and the processor in use. In the data collected “for legal compliance”, the software collects “data necessary for law enforcement, litigation and requests from authorities (if any)”, although not specifically what data is collected in such cases.
IP addresses are stored “identifiably for one calendar day only”, stored as a hash with a salt that is changed daily. The hash is stored for a year before it is removed, although the company also claims that the salt “is not stored in any database and cannot be retrieved after it has been changed.”
It is claimed that one day of storage is enough for a government entity to identify a user, with sufficient resources and legal authority.
The data is said to be stored within the European Economic Area, although the policy language also mentions that the company “is occasionally required to share your personal data with our main office in Russia and our external adviser in the United States.”
Personal data may also be shared with a long list of entities, including “advisers” and “potential buyers”, as well as law enforcement agencies, regulators, courts, and other third parties.
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