The Czech Republic’s data regulator has launched an in-depth investigation into the antivirus company after an in-depth analysis of Avast’s data collection strategy and the sale of browsing history information to the tech giant. Citing details of exposure bymedia Makerboard and PCMag, Avast’s clients include Google, Microsoft and Home Depot.
According to the official announcement, the Czech authorities have conducted an in-depth investigation into Avast’s data collection and sales practices to determine whether the company had engaged in misconduct. “We are currently gathering all the information about this case,” said Ivana Jan? Initial suspicions of violations of the user’s personal data protection policy. Based on the findings of the investigation, we will take further steps and inform the public at the appropriate time. “
Concerns about Avast’s data collection practices first began in 2019, when the company collected user information for some of its browser extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, which were then sold to several third-party companies.
Shortly thereafter, google and Mozilla both removed the extensions, and Avast republished them and made significant changes to reduce the amount of data collected from the user’s computer.
An in-depth analysis of data collection supported by Avast’s antivirus products also showed that the company recorded information such as Google and Google Maps searches, content people look for on YouTube and even clicks on adult sites. As in extensions, the data collected is anonymous, but according to Vice, several experts warn that individuals can still be linked to a specific set of data.