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AVG can sell your browsing data, its new Privacy Policy reveals

AVG can sell your browsing data, its new Privacy Policy reveals

by AshwinSeptember 21, 2015

How often do you read Privacy policies of web services/apps, or End user license agreements (EULA) ?

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If your answer is never, that’s okay, even I don’t pay attention to those in most cases.

I mean who has the time for them right? But sadly, that is not a good practice. Sometimes a policy may include the worst clauses ever. Like, for instance, the popular security firm AVG has updated its privacy policy, which now says that it can sell your non-personal browsing data to third parties, and by accepting the user agreement, you agree to this.

First let me be clear,we are not questioning AVG’s products, they are quite good, especially the free antivirus. That being said, we are transparently going to state that we do not like the new privacy policy.

Well one thing must be appreciated, they do mention the controversial move openly, in the Privacy Policy agreement, instead of hiding it. You can read the full policy at the official website. But here is a screenshot of the clause in question:

AVG Privacy Policy

That’s a fancy way of saying, we don’t sell your personally identifiable information, or is it? The company states that it uses the so-called non-personal data, This includes not just the data you provide to it willingly, but also your browsing habits, searches etc, which are tracked by the means of browser cookies.

Oh no, it doesn’t end here. The bad news continues. AVG’s privacy policy goes on to mention that if it finds some personally identifiable information, it will anonymize it to build up a data profile for each user for marketing, and other internal purposes.. Though AVG dos not mention the “selling of data”directly, it is clear from the clause mentioned above that it has the power to do so.

Is this the price users have to pay for using a free antivirus ? Forfeiting the user data, the privacy of our information? And the fact that the company makes money off of it is just unacceptable. Nobody likes to have their data profiles gathered by someone, as it could may be misused, if it falls in to the wrong hands, even if the data collected is anonymized to protect the user.

This new privacy policy takes effect from October 15, 2015, after which the EULA is automatically changed and accepted by the user, merely by continuing to use the application. And it is up to the user to decide whether to opt out of this data collection policy, a report by Engadget reveals.