Avast Fined $16.5M for Misuse of User Data

by Mayniaga

Avast, a cybersecurity firm, is facing a hefty $16.5 million fine from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

for unlawfully storing and selling customer data without consent.

including sensitive information such as religious beliefs, health details, and political views, and sold it to over 100 third-party entities.

The FTC revealed that Avast collected user browsing data without authorization from 2014 to 2020,

leading to the closure of its data harvesting division, Jumpshot. However, the FTC found that Avast failed to adequately anonymize user data before selling it.

Investigations by Motherboard and PCMag in 2020 initially shed light on Avast's data privacy practices,

The proposed FTC order mandates Avast to cease selling user browsing data and delete all information obtained through Jumpshot.

Avast also faces accusations of deceiving users by claiming its software would enhance online privacy while secretly engaging in data tracking.

The FTC's recent actions signal an increasing crackdown on companies violating data privacy regulations.

Despite disputing the FTC's allegations, Avast aims to resolve the matter while reaffirming its commitment to safeguarding customers' digital lives.

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