Avast faces fine for tracking and selling user data

Claimed to protect data, but collected and sold it instead

clock • 2 min read
Avast faces fine for tracking and selling user data

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has levelled a a $16.5 million fine against cybersecurity vendor Avast for unlawfully harvesting and selling customer data without their consent.

The fine comes after a prolonged investigation into Avast's data privacy practices, alleging a breach of trust and privacy violations affecting millions of users. Avast, which traces its roots b...

To continue reading this article...

Join Computing

  • Unlimited access to real-time news, analysis and opinion from the technology industry
  • Receive important and breaking news in our daily newsletter
  • Be the first to hear about our events and awards programmes
  • Join live member only interviews with IT leaders at the ‘IT Lounge’; your chance to ask your burning tech questions and have them answered
  • Access to the Computing Delta hub providing market intelligence and research
  • Receive our members-only newsletter with exclusive opinion pieces from senior IT Leaders

Join now

 

Already a Computing member?

Login

You may also like
Google strengthens Advanced Protection Program with passkey integration

Security Technology

To enroll in APP with a passkey, users need a compatible device and browser

clock 12 July 2024 • 3 min read
'Gay furry hackers' breach conservative US think tank behind Project 2025

Security

Heritage Foundation calls group "degenerate perverts"

clock 11 July 2024 • 2 min read
Why 'change' for the UK must include cybersecurity

Security

Labour needs to to get ahead and demonstrate a commitment to security from the outset

clock 11 July 2024 • 4 min read

Sign up to our newsletter

The best news, stories, features and photos from the day in one perfectly formed email.

More on Privacy

Microsoft delays launch of controversial Recall

Microsoft delays launch of controversial Recall

Company plans to "refine" the feature before making it more widely available

Vikki Davies
clock 17 June 2024 • 3 min read
Meta's AI plans are against EU law, says Max Schrems

Meta's AI plans are against EU law, says Max Schrems

'This is clearly the opposite of GDPR compliance'

John Leonard
clock 06 June 2024 • 3 min read
UK data regulator finds gaps in Google's Privacy Sandbox proposals

UK data regulator finds gaps in Google's Privacy Sandbox proposals

Concerns shared with the Competition and Markets Authority

clock 22 April 2024 • 3 min read