And the main office is in Russia... https://fosspost.org/audacity-is-now-a-spyware/ This might be Headline News if this were an audio or FOSS site. I've used Audacity for years for doing my radio show. Now a new company has just taken over and is changing their privacy policies. It's not clear to me that what they are doing is any worse than many others, they just may be more upfront about it. But the language in which they clearly are willing to provide anything to all sorts of people-- state actors, prospective buyers, etc.-- with nothing much more than a nudge and a wink is a little chilling. Always hate seeing these things happen to things that started out as part of the FOSS community. I rely heavily on Audacity, but am currently reviewing a couple of other packages to see if they can do what I need. I don't need anything like a full mixing board in my house, so I should succeed. In the meantime, I'l keep using my older version of Audacity which doesn't automatically update. Don't know if that offers any protection or not. It depends on whether a software update is needed to create the telemetry. I don't know. I could always use it on a computer without an internet connection.