4 Solutions for Audacity’s New Privacy Policy (Data Collection/Sharing/selling) On Linux

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Full Post/Writeup https://politictech.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/3310/

It's good practice to disable apps from internet access w/they don't need access.

EDIT: Used Audacity as an example to bring attention to their new Privacy Policy.

OPTIONS FOR RESTRICTING DIRECT NETWORK CONNECTIONS FROM PROGRAMS WHICH DO NOT NEED INTERNET

There are tools to remedy data collection. One such tool is Firejail.

You could:

A.) hold back Audacity updates in your package manager.

Or

B.) use Firejail to restrict Audacity’s access to the internet, which will completely cut off it’s ability to share your personal data.

Use this command to open Audacity while restricting networking:

firejail –net=none audacity

(You can also optionally use –private to further compartmentalize the program)

C.) Use Bubblewrap as an alternative to Firejail sandboxing

D.) Run Audacity inside a Whonix jail or a virtual machine with network restrictions.

E.) Torify Audacity (or use under other non direct connection- this protects IP address but not neccessarily metadata regarding your usage/OS)

F.) Wait for fork (Recommended and likely route for most)

G.) Flatpak restrictions (where applicable):

sudo flatpak override --unshare=network org.audacityteam.Audacity

(G ^ suggested by Kuhluh)

H.) Use an older version (what we all have been thinking)

Example Command for E:

torify audacity

SHORTCUT EDITING (FOR FIREJAIL OPTION B):

Now replace the exec= line on all shortcuts for your devices. Be it: Linux Laptop or Pinephone or Pinebook or Pinetab, or otherwise.

If you have a Pinephone or other .desktop Linux shortcut, this means editing the:

Exec=

Change the line to:

Exec=firejail –net=none audacity

(Depending on system)

Example Shortcut/Button directory location application has its own .desktop file):

/usr/share/applications/

Or:

~/.local/share/applications

You can use this same option (firejail –net=none) for ALL apps on your system which do not require networking to protect yourself from needless data collection/backdoor communication.

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