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Avast reportedly sold user web browsing data

January 29, 2020

Via: TechRadar

Popular antivirus application Avast and its subsidiary AVG have been accused of selling highly sensitive browsing histories of millions of their users.

According to an investigation from Motherboard and PCMag, both Avast and AVG, which are among the most commonly used antivirus programs, were tracking data including Google searches, GPS co-ordinates, LinkedIn browsing history, people watching specific YouTube videos, and even porn website visits.

The investigation found that Avast used another subsidiary named Jumpshot to repackage the data and sell it to companies like Google, Yelp, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Home Depot, Condé Nast, Intuit, and more.

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