Avast faces fine for tracking and selling user data

Claimed to protect data, but collected and sold it instead

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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...

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