Audacity’s new owners are not covering themselves in glory, making developers sign a license agreement in order to contribute code to the software. For those not in the know, this is not a thing… how this actually works is you open your codebase up and you let people contribute, because it makes the overall product better – you don’t make them jump through hoops.
Also, you might remember I mentioned a few weeks ago that they were looking at implementing analytics and got pushback from the community. Well, what this mostly amounts to is allowing the software to run an auto-update function, which means an internet connection, which means sending data back to a central server. That info includes your IP address, but it’s only being stored for a day before being hashed. Crash reporting collects more data, but you can opt out of that.
Privacy nuts are going a bit… well… nuts over this, and it’s nothing to get too worked-up about at this point, but it’s worth noting. The new owners have since responded, saying in an article to the BBC that we’ve got it all wrong, and that it’s just legal boilerplate, which I largely think it is.
Thanks to Tom Merritt at the Daily Tech News Show for pouring some much-needed water on this fire.