The uproar started a few months ago when Audacity was bought by the Muse Group, the company behind popular music software such as MuseScore and Ultimate Guitar. Audacity is still open source, as it cannot be changed to proprietary software in its current form. But that doesn't mean that Muse Group can't make some harmful changes.
As a desktop application without basic online functionality, Audacity did not need to be connected to the Internet. The data list includes the operating system, version, user country based on IP address, messages, error codes, crash reports, and the processor in use.
IP addresses are stored in a recognizable manner for a day before they are hashed and then stored in servers for a year. The new policy also prohibits people under the age of 13 from using the software, in violation of the GPL used by Audacity. There are now calls to split the program in order to prevent data collection from users who want to edit audio with the free program.