Avast is accused of selling user data to large companies

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — When it comes to antivirus software, Avast is probably one of the most popular and widely used options. However, those who value their privacy may need to know about the latest investigation by Motherboard and PCMag, which found that Avast sells data to users outside companies, reports Ubergizmo.

More precisely, Avast did not sell the information gathered directly, but through a subsidiary of the company known as Jumpshot. Based on internal documents provided by Motherboard and PCMag, it has been discovered that Avast software tracks users and their online activities, even their clicks per second.

Avast has previously shown users who have chosen to accept the option to share their data, that the data they collect is de-identified, meaning no one will know it’s you, writes TIME Daily. However, according to PCMag, this is not entirely true. The reason for this is that the user activity tracked is so detailed that it becomes almost unique to each user.

They gave an example of how a simple click can be used to discover that the user has bought something on Amazon and exactly at what date and time, meaning that it would not be difficult for Amazon to find out who it is. that user based on the above parameters and data. In addition to Amazon, the company has partnered with Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, Sephora, Home Depot, Yelp, Intuit and many more.

Avast has had problems before when it was discovered that the company’s extension was gathering more data than needed, which resulted in the (temporary) removal of the extension from online stores.


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