Thursday, 13 February 2020

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After an in-depth analysis of Avast's data collection strategy and found that the browsing history of more than 100 million users was sold to the tech giant, the Czech Republic's data regulator has set out to conduct an in-depth investigation of the antivirus company. Citing details exposed by foreign media Motherboard and PCMag, Avast's customers include Google, Microsoft and Home Depot, among others.

According to the official announcement, Czech authorities have conducted an in-depth investigation of Avast's data collection and sales practices to confirm the company's misconduct. Ivana Janů, president of the Czech Personal Data Protection Office, said: "We are currently collecting all information about this case. Initial suspicions of violations of the user's personal data protection policy. Based on the findings of the investigation, we will take further measures and, where appropriate, Inform the public.

Concerns about Avast's data collection practices first surfaced in 2019, when the company's browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox were collecting user information and then selling it to multiple third-party companies.

Shortly thereafter, both Google and Mozilla removed the extensions, and Avast republished the extensions with major changes, reducing the amount of data collected from users' computers.

An in-depth analysis of data collection powered by Avast's anti-virus products also revealed that the company records information such as Google and Google Maps searches, what people are looking for on YouTube, and even clicks on adult sites. Just like in the extension, the data collected is anonymous, but according to Vice, several experts warn that individuals can still be linked to a specific set of data.

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