FTC Charges Avast with Selling Ad Data on User Browsing Behavior to Third Parties


The US government’s consumer protection agency is attempting to prohibit anti-malware software vendor Avast from selling customer web browsing data to third-party advertising companies.

According to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint, the European security company unfairly collected consumer web browsing data through its browser extension and anti-virus software and “and sold it without adequate notice and without consumer consent.” The agency also intends to fine Avast USD 16.5 million and order it to stop selling or licensing web browsing data for advertising purposes.

The complaint claims that Avast sold that information to over 100 third parties via its Jumpshot subsidiary.

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