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Audacity's policy also restricts users below the age of 13 to use the app. This is considered as a violation of the app's licence that comes under General Public License, that makes software accessible for all users — and not specifically for a particular age group.
Meanwhile, some users have started calling for a forked version of Audacity on GitHub that would offer all its features but without requiring the collection of any user data. It is certainly possible as the app is available as an open-source software. However, it is not clear when exactly the community would be able to bring that fork. Muse Group may also be able to bring some efforts to put the ongoing criticism to rest.
Gadgets 360 has also reached out to Audacity founders Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg for their take on the update. This report will be updated when we hear back.