If You're Concerned About Audacity's Changes . . . This Is Not A Solution

Originally published at: https://brian.carnell.com/articles/2021/if-youre-concerned-about-audacitys-changes-this-is-not-a-solution/

Audacity is an open-source audio editor that has been embroiled in controversy ever since its new owner, Muse Group, updated its privacy policy. Without getting too deep into the controversy, the Muse Group plans to roll out changes that will collect telemetry and other data. Muse Group posted an updated privacy policy describing its data collection in Audacity. In response, many users have been looking for alternatives that don’t collect such information, and “content creators” are only too happy to fill the void with recommendations that are often far sketchier than Audacity’s data collection plan. For example, YouTube channel TechGumbo recently posted a “Top 5 Best Free Audacity Alternatives (2021)” video that discusses the issue and then recommends five alternatives. But their first recommendation, Bear Audio, is beyond absurd. First, Bear Audio is a completely online, HTML5-based audio editor. If you are concerned about an open-source desktop app sending data…