Has the antivirus solution provider violated data protection rules?
Since last month, the American antivirus solutions company has been accused of infringing on its users' personal data through its browser extensions.
For its part, the cybersecurity company strongly denied having carried out illegal collection.
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The charges generally relate to collections that would have been initiated since the Online Security and SafePrice extensions. It was observed that Opera Mini and Mozilla browsers decided to remove these extensions from their various browsers because they believed that they were illegally collecting user data. The discovery of these massive collections that came from the extensions of the cybersecurity company was following an alert triggered by Wladimir Palant, one of the technicians behind the ad blocker called Adblock Plus.
Indeed, the company was acquired in 2013 by Avast, which today owns 65% of the shares. The company is known as an expert in trend analysis tool supplies, which it says will be based on data that can be held by about "100 million online shoppers." She also explains that it's tools that can be "analyze what user[…]s have been looking for, how they have interacted with a brand or product, what they've bough[…]t."
While Avast claims to defend itself that it is less sensitive than what the usual platforms of the net collect, the fact remains that the data business to which the cybersecurity firm has infiltrated earns it 5% of its annual turnover. This raises this question for those who are skeptical of the protection of personal data.
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