GDPR compliance


Long time user of Audacity her, but first time user of the application in an educational context.

We are in the middle of establishing a podcast studio where I work, and of course Audacity is my go-to application for editing the recordings. However, as the school is situated in Denmark which is a part of the EU, we require GDPR compliance for all applications used in school context.

A have tried searching this forum for “GDPR” and the website - but can’t find any mentions of GDPR compliance. With this in mind, I would like to know if Audacity is GDPR compliant and/or where I can find and official statement about this.

We are particularly concerned if any data from with audio files are being transmitted from within the application.

I hope that you can help me getting some answers to my question.

Best regard.

If you use the main website or mailing lists:
The privacy / cookie policy for the Audacity website is displayed at the bottom of the website:
The mailing list privacy policy is also available on the website here:

When you use this forum, the only data stored is the profile information that you supplied when registering, and “functional cookies” so that you can log in. I’m not a lawyer, but it is my understanding that this very limited use falls outside of the material scope of GDPR.
We strongly discourage forum users from posting any personally identifiable information as this is a public forum available for everyone to read.

Up to and including Audacity 3.0.2, GDPR does not apply to the Audacity app as no data is collected or stored outside of the computer on which it is running. (Obviously the app does store your work on your computer, but that’s all).

I’ve heard that a privacy policy for future versions of Audacity is currently being written and will be published on the main website. I don’t have any more details at this stage, so if you intend to use Audacity versions later than the current Audacity 3.0.2, please refer to the main website (or ask here again after the next Audacity version has been released).

The website has been updated today (2 July 2021)