As already announced by Muse Group, the new owners of the open source audio recorder and editor Audacity, the now released Audacity 3.0.3 has network capabilities and uses them to send bug reports and check the availability of updates.
Both functions were part of the presented at the beginning of July new data protection regulations , which have been in a for several days after renewed fierce criticism from the community due to “some misunderstandings” and “poor communication”available . The collection of information for law enforcement agencies has been removed, which of course does not relieve Muse Group from working with authorities. The restriction on use from 13 years of age was also dropped. This formulation got into the regulations “only by chance”.
Update Check ist Opt-out
When Audacity 3.0.3 is started for the first time, the tool informs the user that the check for available updates is switched on and can be switched off by the user (opt-out). If an error occurs in the application, the user receives a message about the nature of the error and can decide whether he wants to report it or not. The new data protection regulations ensure that IP addresses are shortened immediately and never stored longer than necessary and that no further information is collected.
With Audacity 3.0.3 there is for the first time a binary file for Linux that is currently only available as an AppImage. The Windows version of the application is now 64-bit, so plug-ins in 32-bit will no longer work. In addition, the 64-bit version of FFmpeg must be installed. The standard colors of the spectrograms have been revised.
Users who want to make sure that they do not have any network functions in Audacity can stay with v3.0.2 for the time being or look at the most promising actively developed Fork.