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    AVG is going to sell your personal data from October

    Two recent articles explain how AVG intends "selling your personal data" to offset costs of providing its free products. Or is it?

    Rather than repeat or quote extensively, have a read of the following two articles:

    AVG Antivirus Plans to Collect & Sell Your Personal Data to Advertisers

    AVG's updated policy explains how it can sell users' browsing and search history data to advertisers

    AVG's updated privacy policy can be found here: AVG Privacy Policy

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    In particular, pay attention to how AVG differentiates between 'personal' and 'non-personal' data.

    It's clear that the two articles put a different spin on AVG's updated privacy policy. Both articles claim AVG intend selling 'personal' data whilst AVG's updated privacy policy indicates that this isn't the case, i.e. it's 'non-personal' or anonymized data that will be sold.

    Hope this helps...

    EDIT: If, like AVG, you think "Browsing and search history" is 'non-personal data', have a read of this classic article about 'anonymous' browsing and search history.
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2016-09-19 at 06:57.

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    I would say, "Time to switch to another free AV product" but for the fact that the other free AV providers might also see this as a 'pretty neat idea'...
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    From what I read, ADBlock Plus is also going to start letting "Preferred" ads through. Seems as though everyone is jumping on the "Ad" bandwagon for revenue.

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    That's one of the reasons I pay for AV protection, rather than use a free product.

    They have to earn a living somehow, either by charging me up-front, by putting advertisements in the product, or by selling my information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    From what I read, ADBlock Plus is also going to start letting "Preferred" ads through. Seems as though everyone is jumping on the "Ad" bandwagon for revenue.
    This has long been the default setting. I unchecked the appropriate box in AdBlock Plus to disallow the maximum number of ads quite some time ago.
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