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Important for Avast users. The software collects and sells data on the activity of its users on the Web

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Avast Anti-Virus has long been one of the most popular applications in this segment. However, when using it, as it turned out, one curious feature should be taken into account.
Important for Avast users. The software collects and sells data on the activity of its users on the Web

Since at least 2013 Avast not only collects data on user actions, but also sells them to third parties. This data is not collected through the antivirus itself, but using browser extensions. 

Important for Avast users. The software collects and sells data on the activity of its users on the Web

Accordingly, the data they collect relates to user actions on the Web. Because of this, Opera and Mozilla recently removed some Avast tools from their extension stores.


Avast itself does not deny that it collects data, but the company’s executive director claims that there are no privacy violations, as Avast sells anonymized information, devoid of anything related to personal data of users. 

In fact, Avast sells information on the habits and preferences of its customers on the Web, which is very useful for many areas of business. Especially when you consider that the Avast user base is about 400 million people.

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