Many of us use devices and software that already collect our IP address(es), such as social media. Privacy software company Norton says, “It’s generally not dangerous for people to know your IP address. But it all depends on who’s trying to access it. ” Some users feel that this is spyware, to be avoided at all costs.
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This doesn't prevent minors from using the app. It's the equivalent of saying, “kids, don't try this at home.”
Users can email Audacity's privacy team directly, and request to access, correct, update or request deletion of their personal data. This feels about as concrete as Audacity's request that people under age 13 not use the software.
Chris said, “I'm trying to think of what the legal reasons for requesting data about an audio editor would be. In the U.S., probably copyright violation/DMCA. In Russia? Making a seditious podcast, maybe? It seems weird though.” True, last year Podnews reported pirated podcasts popping up on Anchor. So, this data could possibly protect podcasters from content theft.
Tom pointed out a workaround for Audacity users. “It's open-source, so one can fork the project, which is nothing more than grabbing the source and making the changes you want. Presumably, the community will do that, but then the problem is who takes responsibility for maintaining Windows and MacOS builds.”
Ongoing software maintenance would be more work than making a podcast.
Chris had some other suggestions:
- “Only use Audacity when offline. Unplug, disable wireless. That's probably a no-go for most people, who are multitasking. Plus there's a risk that the application queues the data. If you forget to disconnect, it would send all the queued data.
- Disable IPv4 networking. IPv6 uses 128-bit addressing, which makes generating exhaustive lookup tables infeasible. Of course, that's complicated for most users, and there's still that one-day clause.”
- Another option might be to use a virtual private network, which is becoming more accessible to the average consumer.
Ultimately, if you started using Audacity to make a podcast, these workarounds could take up time you could spend podcasting.
Is Audacity worth your privacy?
A free tool is good for people who are just starting in audio editing. This way, you can make sure that you really want to podcast, before you spend a lot of money. But, sometimes they aren't great long-term solutions.
Audacity offers multi-track editing, but it's destructive. This means that if you cut out part of a sound file, it's gone forever. You have to save a separate backup before editing.
This isn't the first time in the past two months that Muse Group has tested Audacity users' trust. In May, Audacity had to “turn on “strictly optional and disabled by default” telemetry, but the optionality of it was not enough to stop the community from erupting.”
Audacity isn't the only audio recording and editing software in the world. Our Complete Guide to Podcast Software can help you figure out options, should you choose to upgrade. Plus, our all-in-one podcast solution, Alitu, can help you record, edit and publish your show as well.