Google removes Avast and AVG extensions from Chrome web store over 'unnecessary' data collection

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Avast accused of spying on users via security-related browser extensions

Google follows Opera and Firefox in removing Avast and AVG security extensions used by up to 400 million users

Google has followed Firefox and Opera and removed AVG and Avast extensions from its Chrome browser web store over claims that the security products' extensions exfiltrate an excessive level of user information....

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