An antivirus program that is used by millions of users around the world has been caught selling highly sensitive user data to some of the worlds biggest companies. An investigation was conducted by two companies which managed to discover leaked user data, contracts and other documents which show this data getting sold and is meant to be highly sensitive and highly confidential.
These documents which was from a subsidary of Avast called Jumpshot which was showing the secretive sales they were conducting and the users browsing history. Avast installs a program onto the users computer and collects data. Jumpshot then collects this data and sells it to massive companies such as Google, Yelp, Microsoft, Mckinsely, Pepsi, Sephora, Home Depot and many others.
Avast claims to have more than 435 million active users per month, and Jumpshot says it has data from 100 million devices.
The data that is being sold includes Google searches, Locations that get looked up, GPS coordinates, Linkedin searches, Certain youtube videos being watched.
Although the only data that is being collected is from users who have opt into the service but some users did not know that this data was being sold
Although the data does not include personal information such as users’ names, it still contains alot of specific browsing data, and experts say it could be possible to reveal certain users.
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