AVG collects browsing and search history clients and sells them as possible




AVG says it can sell the browsing and search history of customers to keep his software for free. Writes that the company behind the popular free security software in its revised terms taking effect middle of next month.

AVG reports from October 15 to collect data from multiple clients. Which are largely divided into two categories, namely data revealing the identity of customers can be traced and data contrast ‘anonymous’.

Part of being able to sell the anonymous information says AVG for money, so in his own words his software can continue to offer free. It concerns information about the providers that customers use, the apps that the 200 million customers have installed and their browsing and search history.

The browsing and search history can however lead to the identity of a user. AVG says the information to be regarded as personal data and therefore to anonymize the data first before it sells the data. Sit on that approach does snags, because the location of one individual user, according to AVG private, but those of multiple users in a data set is not.

Incidentally, let AVG know that the substantive conditions are not new and were already in force in previous products. Now it says that the browsing and search history can be sold, whereas previously stated that “the words you’re looking for ‘can be used for advertising purposes.

Across Wired says a spokesman that AVG is as yet no information as browsing and search history by selling, but that this may be the case in future. Those who do not wish to cooperate would indicate this at the company. This is according to AVG not at the expense of functionality.

AVG hopes the new conditions, which are on a single web page, provide clarity for users. It is a known fact that many of the conditions of computer programs and related services barely read, and yet ‘accept’ clicks. Competitor F-Secure discovered which customers in this way even their children and pets would surrender voluntarily – as a supplier that would ask.

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