AVG can sell your browsing history to third parties

AVG, the Czech antivirus company, has announced a new privacy policy in which it boldly and openly admits it will collect user details and sell them to online advertisers for the objective of continuing to fund its freemium-based products. The company insists it can not outline each and every type of data collected, but the list does include data concerning potential malware threats to your devices, how you use AVG software and information concerning your devices such as installation rates, language and manufacturer.

“We may also aggregate and/or anonymous personal data we collect about you”.

Yes, though when and how we share it depends on whether it is personal data or non-personal data.

The updated policy, which comes into effect on 15 October, uses easy to read language to explain that AVG will collect non-personal user data such as “Browsing and search history, including meta data” in order to “make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free”.

AVG also adds that personal, identifiable information like addresses, age, or IPs, even if not sold, may sometimes be shared with collaborators. As for the information that isn’t considered “personal”, it will be offered to third parties and displayed publicly.

If you’re running the free version of the antivirus software, will you continue to use it now that your data will be sold? At AVG, we value our customers and believe they should know exactly how their information is being used by us.

Transparent the policy certainly seems to be, and it will be up to users whether or not they accept the sale of their data in return for a free product. Users can choose to opt-out of certain data collection techniques, but information on how doing that, and what you can opt-out of, won’t be available until the policy goes live. With users being accustomed to clicking “Agree” on license agreements and privacy policies without so much as glancing at the document; it is unlikely many will have knowledge of their acceptance of this practice.

Source: http://rapidnewsnetwork.com/avg-can-sell-your-browsing-history-to-third-parties/183628/ by JAKE CARTER


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