AVG anti-virus is selling your web browsing history

AVG anti-virus is selling your web browsing history

Changes in the privacy policy of AVG’s free antivirus software will allow it to collect your web browsing and search history, then go out and sell it to advertisers to help pay for its freemium security software products.

These changes will come into play on October 15th, according to the Czech-based biz in a recient blog post. The revised privacy policy can be found here, with key paragraph extracted below:

We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including:

Advertising ID associated with your device.
Browsing and search history, including meta data.
Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products.
Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used.

AVG will also collect and sell information about apps it finds on a user’s computer or device.

AVG says it will not sell your personal information such as names, emails, addresses, or payment card details, and will try to “anonymize the data we collect and store it in a manner that does not identify you.”

The company admitted that some private information could be exposed based on one’s browsing history. “Sometimes browsing history or search history contains terms that might identify you,”

Some of the “other” data the company considers non-personal include “approximate location”, zip code (or postcode), area code, time zone, and the URL (web address) users come from to reach its products
Ad Feedback

It’s not clear what AVG classifies as metadata, but generally this can be assumed to be your location data and other basic information regarding your web activity.

Are you using AVG Anti-virus?
How do you feel about this?
Share your comments bellow.

Join The Discussion