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Fri Feb 23, 2024, 03:46 PM Feb 23

Avast sold privacy software, then sold users' web browsing data, FTC alleges [View all]

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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Why am I MOMFUDSKI Feb 23 #1
Where do I sign up... 2naSalit Feb 23 #2
I'm joining it ArkansasDemocrat1 Feb 23 #5
Same. sybylla Feb 23 #12
I was under the impression There is no "free antivirus " Fullduplexxx Feb 23 #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 23 #4
The built-in Windows Defender is all 99% of users will ever need. Earth-shine Feb 23 #10
Switch to Kaspersky Kennah Feb 23 #6
End to end control of the supply chain Kennah Feb 23 #7
I noticed yesterday that Avast has joined slightlv Feb 23 #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 23 #9
Or a virtual machine behind a VPN on Tor. limbicnuminousity Feb 23 #13
This is VERY disappointing. We've been an "Avast" household for over 10 years. Is there a class action lawsuit? Oopsie Daisy Feb 23 #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
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