Concerns about community telemetry were addressed two months ago.
Over the weekend of July 4, many open source news outlets began warning readers that Audacity, a popular audio editing program, was now a "spyware." p>
If true, it is deeply concerning - there is no clear alternative or alternative for similar uses. Dare is free, open source, relatively easy to use, cross-platform and ideal for simple "simple" tasks like editing the raw audio in the final podcast.
However, it seems that these negatives are widely and almost late. While the team announced that Audacity has begun collecting telemetry, it's neither too extensive nor aggressive in how it accesses the data - and most of the real concerns were addressed a couple of months ago. , to achieve the clear satisfaction of the real Audacity community.
The last grain of salt in the wound is a line stating that the audacity "is not intended for persons under 13" and asking people under 13 "please do not use the program". To avoid further complexity and cost, follow the rules governing collections of children's personal information.
The first thing to note is that neither of these privacy policies nor the telemetry required by the software have been implemented - both versions 3.0.3 are targeted in the future, while the latest version Available is 3.0.2. For now, this means that no one needs to panic about the version of Audacity already installed.
The original version of PR telemetry continued to identify the session via UUID, which was generated and stored by the client machine, and from Yandex Metrica to estimate daily users. Finally, you mentioned that “Telemetry collection is optional and configurable at all times” and “[If] data sharing is disabled - all contacts with telemetry reporting functions are prohibited.
It is a telemetry software Nice talk telemetry, of the kind that even other open source software - such as Mozilla Firefox - includes. The biggest problem with the main telemetry manifest is that it requires selection rather than collection of revocation data. However, it should be noted that even telemetry in Firefox has now been scrapped.
Despite the fact that early PR was very vanilla, open source users tend to enjoy tremendous privacy. There was an immediate boost - which the Audacity developer responded to three days later on May 7 With a major PR update.Advertising
Now in the May 7th update it says "Telemetry is completely optional and disabled by default" (crsib's), this telemetry is only available on builds generated by GitHub CI from tank Official Business Anyone who collects Audacity from source will be given the option to CMake to enable value code Telemetry - But this option, which results in the creation of telemetry functions, will be off by default.
This three-day update to the remote tracking policy still in effect temporarily removed the only plausible logical point: whether user data should be collected without their verification. be or not. Not only is the selection of data limited, but the functions used to gather data in the first place are very easy, easy to design, and are automatically deleted for anyone who builds the source code themselves (which would include Linux distribution repositories).
Since then, the entire pull request has been canceled and replaced with the new PR #889, which aims to clear all telemetry issues. “We have no interest in collecting or selling personal information, and the audacity will always be free and open source,” the new PR official said, adding that the answer to the original request “was fulfilled at the museum.” Ease of use. Yandex and Google go against the general concept of reliability, so we'll be our host instead.
Although media focused on free and open source software, including FOSSPost and Slashgear, reported negatively over the weekend, with agents and commentators working On the Github project, they appear to be pretty satisfied with the May 13 update, with the Muse group announcing that instead of using the third session, your telemetry sessions host the libraries and host parties.On the same day as the second request for direct execution, he said Github Megaf user, "Good stuff. As long as the data doesn't go to [third-party tech giants], we should be happy. Collect data, you really need it, host it, privatize it, choose and we'll help you.” This is a small sample, but it appears to have 66 positive reactions and 12 negative reactions. Sentiments are fully supported.
Megaf response reflects user response for updated request which currently stands at 606 positive, 29 negative and only 300 positive reactions.
We believe the user community has done the right thing - Muse Group appears to take the community's privacy concerns very seriously, and their genuine policies appear to be reasonable List of photos by Catherine Falls ad via Getty Images / Jim Salter
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