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BumRushDaShow

(130,549 posts)
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 03:46 PM Feb 2024

Avast sold privacy software, then sold users' web browsing data, FTC alleges

Source: CBS News

February 23, 2024 / 11:46 AM EST


After promising that its software would shield internet users from third-party tracking, Avast allegedly harvested and sold customers' online browsing data, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The maker of antivirus software deceived customers by claiming it would protect their privacy, while not making clear it would collect and sell their "detailed, re-identifiable browsing data," the agency announced Thursday.

"Avast promised users that its products would protect the privacy of their browsing data but delivered the opposite," Samuel Levine, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "Avast's bait-and-switch surveillance tactics compromised consumers' privacy and broke the law."

U.K.-based Avast, through a Czech subsidiary, from 2014 to January 2020 stored and sold customer data collected through browser extensions and antivirus software installed on computers and mobile devices, according to the FTC's complaint.

That information, culled from users' online searches and the websites they visited, included their religious beliefs, health concerns, political leanings, location and financial status, and was sold to more than 100 third parties through an Avast subsidiary called Jumpshot, according to the agency.



Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ftc-avast-browsing-data-privacy/



Link to FTC PRESS RELEASE - FTC Order Will Ban Avast from Selling Browsing Data for Advertising Purposes, Require It to Pay $16.5 Million Over Charges the Firm Sold Browsing Data After Claiming Its Products Would Block Online Tracking
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Avast sold privacy software, then sold users' web browsing data, FTC alleges (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Feb 2024 OP
Why am I MOMFUDSKI Feb 2024 #1
Where do I sign up... 2naSalit Feb 2024 #2
I'm joining it ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 2024 #5
Same. sybylla Feb 2024 #12
I was under the impression There is no "free antivirus " Fullduplexxx Feb 2024 #3
Yes, that's a good rule of thumb. Does that also apply to paying subscribers, like our family is? Oopsie Daisy Feb 24 #17
Stopped using their stuff 6 years ago. BootinUp Feb 2024 #4
The built-in Windows Defender is all 99% of users will ever need. Earth-shine Feb 2024 #10
Switch to Kaspersky Kennah Feb 2024 #6
End to end control of the supply chain Kennah Feb 2024 #7
I noticed yesterday that Avast has joined slightlv Feb 2024 #8
When I booted up my laptop this morning, saw a little pop-up from avast saying I can get a membership for 79% off ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 24 #27
Use Linux. Clam-AV is free and open source. Wonder Why Feb 2024 #9
Or a virtual machine behind a VPN on Tor. limbicnuminousity Feb 2024 #13
This is VERY disappointing. We've been an "Avast" household for over 10 years. Is there a class action lawsuit? Oopsie Daisy Feb 2024 #11
I followed the same kinda road ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 24 #14
Same question. mahina Feb 24 #16
I use Timewas Feb 24 #26
Thanks! We're also considering Malwarebytes. Oopsie Daisy Feb 24 #28
Bitdefender Timewas Feb 24 #30
"Avast! They be pirates." LudwigPastorius Feb 24 #15
This message was self-deleted by its author dalton99a Feb 24 #18
I have been using Avast forever edhopper Feb 24 #19
There is no need. Windows has a very good built-in antivirus scanner dalton99a Feb 24 #23
So can I assume True Dough Feb 24 #20
100%. They sold everyone's data dalton99a Feb 24 #22
Companies that sell drug testing kits also sell kits to bypass drug testing kits. twodogsbarking Feb 24 #21
That's my spouse's antivirus software. Ms. Toad Feb 24 #24
I have always suspected dingosatemyusername Feb 24 #25
People, just assume that EVERYTHING you do on the 'Net is public for all to see 4lbs Feb 24 #29

Oopsie Daisy

(2,969 posts)
17. Yes, that's a good rule of thumb. Does that also apply to paying subscribers, like our family is?
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 08:57 AM
Feb 24

This is very disappointing. I've even been referring Avast to family and friends all these years.

BootinUp

(47,260 posts)
4. Stopped using their stuff 6 years ago.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 04:36 PM
Feb 2024

Last edited Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:35 PM - Edit history (1)

The built-in AV in windows 10/11 is sufficient assuming your system does not have any major issues. On home builds the builder needs to make sure the system is well protected.

slightlv

(2,914 posts)
8. I noticed yesterday that Avast has joined
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 05:23 PM
Feb 2024

Norton and McAffee in telling me "my registration" is almost up and I need to renew... or that they'll be charging $XXX.xx to my card for autorenewal. Warned my husband about it, so that he doesn't get upset when he gets one in his email. Funny to read this article right after getting one of those emails! (LOL)

I've used Iobit for over 10 years and love it. I have no problems with my system, it's not that expensive to renew, and there are several other tools available to make life easier for me.

ArkansasDemocrat1

(1,338 posts)
27. When I booted up my laptop this morning, saw a little pop-up from avast saying I can get a membership for 79% off
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 04:15 PM
Feb 24

limbicnuminousity

(1,407 posts)
13. Or a virtual machine behind a VPN on Tor.
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 07:22 PM
Feb 2024

The trial version of Malware Malbytes is still good for picking up random annoyances.

Oopsie Daisy

(2,969 posts)
11. This is VERY disappointing. We've been an "Avast" household for over 10 years. Is there a class action lawsuit?
Fri Feb 23, 2024, 06:10 PM
Feb 2024

I deserve some compensation... or refunds.

NOW where do I go. Not McAffee... Not Kapersky... Not bloatware Norton... AVG (again)? We abandoned AVG after abandoning Norton... because it made our computers CRAWL.

Who can we trust???

ArkansasDemocrat1

(1,338 posts)
14. I followed the same kinda road
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 12:00 AM
Feb 24

Thinking it may be time to only be doing internet stuff on a chromebook and use my laptop as a library.

Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

dalton99a

(81,797 posts)
23. There is no need. Windows has a very good built-in antivirus scanner
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 01:17 PM
Feb 24

if you're a PC user. (It is called Windows Defender or Windows Security in Settings)


25. I have always suspected
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 02:42 PM
Feb 24

that most computer viruses are released into the wild by the anti-virus companies. Think about it, what better way to sell anti-virus software than to give people viruses?
I know I have a cynical view of the world but 59 trips around the sun have taught me that this view is correct more often than not.

4lbs

(6,874 posts)
29. People, just assume that EVERYTHING you do on the 'Net is public for all to see
Sat Feb 24, 2024, 05:14 PM
Feb 24

and you won't be disappointed.

Every time you check FB, DU, your email, or browse the web, you are using the 'Net.

"Bank Mode", "Incognito Mode", "Safe Mode", or various "Privacy" settings mean nothing. It is all there for all to see. Pure and simple.

Don't want your information viewed? Don't go on the 'Net. For any reason.

Don't browse YouTube, PornHub, DU, FB, Gmail/Email, Amazon Prime, NetFlix, Hulu, etc. in a phone/tablet app, or using your web browser. Someone will grab that info and data sooner or later.

I've been involved in network security for almost 30 years. I know all the information and data that gets passed through the "intertubes", routers, gateways, etc.





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