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AVG releases transparent privacy policy: Yes, we will sell your data


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As proof that free isn't what it used to be.

 

Excerpt:

 

"The antivirus firm tells us in a crystal-clear way what user data is collected and sold in return for freebie software.

 

Within the new guidelines, AVG says non-personal data is collected. The company insists it cannot outline each and every type of data collected, but the list does include data concerning potential malware threats to your devices, how you use AVG software and information concerning your devices such as installation rates, language and manufacturer.

 

In addition, device security information -- including password attributes and encryption levels -- is collected, as well as "information about where our products and services are used, including approximate location, zip code, area code, time zone, and the URL you came from to reach our products."

 

This seems like a hefty list of data to collect, but there is more. AVG says "we collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free," and this includes:

•Advertising ID associated with your device;
•Browsing and search history, including metadata;
•Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products; and
•Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used."

 

So is AVG now doing what we use it to stop? More in the article here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/avg-releases-transparent-privacy-policy-yes-we-will-sell-your-data/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61

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