This led to an accusation that Audacity was turning into “spyware” (although not in the strictest sense). That being said, the new owners of Audacity have since come forward to clarify the policy changes, which they claim might have been misunderstood and misinterpreted due to the “unclear phrasing” that was used.
They have also highlighted some of the issues that others have brought up, such as the selling or sharing of user data, in which they insist that they do not and will not sell or share data they collect with third-party companies. They also insist that the data they collect is very limited, like user IP addresses which they say will be irretrievable after 24 hours. They also say that data like error reports are submitted willingly and manually by users.