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Old 02-18-2020, 07:51 PM   #1
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FYI - Regarding AVG/Avast AV and their related products. The company was recently caught with their hands in the cookie jar. They were caught tracking & selling customers' information and activity all over the internet. Yes, they have closed down that division of their business but too little too late - cat is out of the bag already, horse has left the barn etc... They have already been doing the tracking and selling for a long time already.

I follow a good and knowledgeable tech guy on YT and he put together a video detailing their nefarious activity.....
That video is worth watching and his channel is worth following. He live streams builds frequently and answers questions.

Good Luck......

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FYI - Regarding AVG/Avast AV and their related products. The company was recently caught with their hands in the cookie jar. They were caught tracking & selling customers' information and activity all over the internet. Yes, they have closed down that division of their business but too little too late - cat is out of the bag already, horse has left the barn etc... They have already been doing the tracking and selling for a long time already.

I follow a good and knowledgeable tech guy on YT and he put together a video detailing their nefarious activity..... Carey Holzman AVG/Avast Video
That video is worth watching and his channel is worth following. He live streams builds frequently and answers questions.

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How about reading and understanding for yourself the source reports. Here's a start: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/q...-investigation

https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-cost-...on-your-clicks

I don't condone this data collection culture being perpetrated by software giants, but come on, folks will cry foul after consenting to data collection just because this data is being monetised and the source of this data (users) are not getting a share of the cash prize! Avast closing down Jumpshot is just a business move, an attempt to win back people's trust, because bad press and alarmist knee-jerk influencer reactions can deal a heavy blow on its business, regardless of how transparent (or not) they were regarding this practice. Name one software giant that hasn't been doing this in one way or another? Microsoft? Google? Wow, look at that! They themselves are clients of Jumpshot, and they too have massive "anonymized" data in their banks! Let's not even start with social media, governments, ISPs...
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I donít know if you watched the video I posted but the gentleman actually references that article in his video it is one of his main comments. No need to shoot the messenger. This is a day and age or most of the companies out there are corrupt and sell this information freely because letís face it who is going to watch them and force them to stop? I additionally pose the question even when they do a mea culpa a claim that they are stopping the practice who has the money to make sure they actually are stopping the process of tracking and selling information as they claim instead of lying and continuing the practice?

I got a notification of an update on the original topic and when I looked back I saw my post was gone from that topic. Was it removed and segregated from that posting simply because it wasnít liked? If thatís the case totally wrong thing to do. Passing along information doesnít hurt it just gives people something additional to think about and make up their own minds.
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I donít know if you watched the video I posted but the gentleman actually references that article in his video it is one of his main comments. No need to shoot the messenger. This is a day and age or most of the companies out there are corrupt and sell this information freely because letís face it who is going to watch them and force them to stop? I additionally pose the question even when they do a mea culpa a claim that they are stopping the practice who has the money to make sure they actually are stopping the process of tracking and selling information as they claim instead of lying and continuing the practice?

I got a notification of an update on the original topic and when I looked back I saw my post was gone from that topic. Was it removed and segregated from that posting simply because it wasnít liked? If thatís the case totally wrong thing to do. Passing along information doesnít hurt it just gives people something additional to think about and make up their own minds.
Your post was reported for being out of place in that thread, so I moved it to its own thread in a befitting sub-forum (Computer Security News). You should be happier I did so, because the alternative was to just delete and forget it, but now you get to discuss the subject without hijacking someone else's thread. We don't keep posts because we like or dislike them. We keep posts that comply with forum rules and etiquette, and it's normal practice to move misplaced posts as deemed appropriate. It's called moderation, not shooting the messenger, so don't take it personally! Feel free to pass along any relevant information as regards this subject within this thread. If you want the OP of the other thread to also have a look at this, feel free to post them a link to this thread/discussion. I'm sure they too would appreciate it if their thread wasn't flooded with side-thoughts.
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Actually that makes perfect sense I did not know that could be done. We live in an unfortunate world sadly. Thank you for taking that very proactive option of moving my comment to a more appropriate location. I knew there was a reason I like this forum!
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A few things to think about when choosing an AV ... https://restoreprivacy.com/antivirus-privacy/
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My only recommendation, read the License agreement thoroughly, they've probably mentioned this in their fine print somewhere (usually referred to 3rd party service providers or a similar generic name) and if it's there, decline it, and forget about the software.
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Eulalyser ... https://www.brightfort.com/eulalyzer.html ... used to be a useful aid for getting through the mound of legal jargon found in most EULAs (end user license agreements).

Not used it for a while, so can't say whether it's still worth using.
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My only recommendation, read the License agreement thoroughly, they've probably mentioned this in their fine print somewhere (usually referred to 3rd party service providers or a similar generic name) and if it's there, decline it, and forget about the software.
Even without reading the eula, there always was a setting under a section labelled "privacy" where you could opt out of the data sharing. Initially, you would get a screen during registration of the free version, informing you of the data collection and how to disable/opt out of it (using that option under privacy settings). The same option was available under the settings of the browser security add-on. They just didn't ask/prompt during the installation process like they apparently do now (it's been a while since I installed Avast on any PC). I'm sure the eula also indicated this, but who cares, people just want to get pissed because money was made from their data, not because the data was collected in the first place. What worries me more is that there are a lot of folks who have no idea what they're getting into due to their own blissful ignorance. Reminds me of some antivax mom who was ranting about the chemicals (sodium chloride) we're getting fed by "big pharma" not knowing it was common table salt! This was after someone posted a list of ingredients in tomato sauce, but didn't tell her right away!
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... people just want to get pissed because money was made from their data, not because the data was collected in the first place.
Whilst I'm sure that's correct for some complainants, I expect that it's not the case for many.

Data collection these days is fairly ubiquitous, and much of it is done for product development, and that's a good thing.

However, a great deal of it is not being collected for good reasons, it's being collected so that you can be targetted with ever more personal Ads, and a lot of people object to their privacy being invaded for that purpose.

Now you could say that anyone installing a "free" product should be aware that the price for it is the sacrifice of their privacy, but you could equally say that this should be made more clearly to them when they are installing the program.

For what it's worth, I'm of the opinion that data collection has got out of control, and needs to be a great deal more regulated than it is at present, at the very least it should be mandatory for programs and sites to make much clearer exactly what data they collect, and exactly who they share it with, and not be allowed to use the sorts of generalised terms that they do at present.

All data collection should also be opt-in and not opt-out.
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this should be made more clearly to them when they are installing the program.

data collection has got out of control, and needs to be a great deal more regulated than it is at present, at the very least it should be mandatory for programs and sites to make much clearer exactly what data they collect, and exactly who they share it with, and not be allowed to use the sorts of generalised terms that they do at present.
I couldn't agree more.
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For what it's worth, I'm of the opinion that data collection has got out of control, and needs to be a great deal more regulated than it is at present, at the very least it should be mandatory for programs and sites to make much clearer exactly what data they collect, and exactly who they share it with, and not be allowed to use the sorts of generalised terms that they do at present.
You and me both. There is a knee-jerk reaction against "regulation" these days after almost 50 years of constant cries of "regulation is bad!!" No, it isn't, or at least it needn't be.

If there isn't a law or regulation against it, it's permissible. That's a thought that never crosses most people's minds, and if they give that a few seconds thought and let it sink in . . .

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All data collection should also be opt-in and not opt-out.
I think that depends entirely on purpose. I have no problem with system health telemetry used by OSes (not just Windows, many Linux distros use it to and I believe so does OSX) being opt-out. It's been a godsend, and it's certainly not "spying" in any meaningful sense of that word. It makes our collective lives better without sacrificing much of anything.

Data collection for any directly monetary purpose or sale of any kind should absolutely be opt-in.
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Data collection for any directly monetary purpose or sale of any kind should absolutely be opt-in.
Yeah. I would love to see who would opt in for, "hey, we would like to record your every move online and sell it..."
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Yeah. I would love to see who would opt in for, "hey, we would like to record your every move online and sell it..."
P.T. Barnum was not wrong, unfortunately.

It's also shocking just how much privacy, money, whatever that many people are willing to sacrifice for convenience, and often very minimal increases in same.
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When it comes to bundleware, adware, data collection for whatever reason and such shady stuff, I always assume the default setting is what the software maker would love it to be.
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Yeah. I would love to see who would opt in for, "hey, we would like to record your every move online and sell it..."
Which of course is not what they'd do.

If data collected for monetary gain had to be opt-in, whilst telemetry data could be opt-out, I suspect that what would happen, would be that they "reclassify" all the data they collect as telemetry data.

That's why I think that all data collection should be opt-in.

I'm all in favour of people contributing telemetry data, it's essential for product development, but if overall data collection is ever going to be restricted, then what is, and what is not, telemetry data, needs to be quite strictly defined, and until it is, then it too should be opt-in.
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Which of course is not what they'd do.

If data collected for monetary gain had to be opt-in, whilst telemetry data could be opt-out, I suspect that what would happen, would be that they "reclassify" all the data they collect as telemetry data.

That's why I think that all data collection should be opt-in.

I'm all in favour of people contributing telemetry data, it's essential for product development, but if overall data collection is ever going to be restricted, then what is, and what is not, telemetry data, needs to be quite strictly defined, and until it is, then it too should be opt-in.
As long as the telemetry data is anonymized...
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As long as the telemetry data is anonymized...
Well, a big part of the debate is fuelled by disbelief/skepticism in "anonymization".
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Well, a big part of the debate is fuelled by disbelief/skepticism in "anonymization".
Exactly.

Everyone claims that the data they collect is anonymous, but of course there's no real definition for what anonymous really means, nor how realistic any claims of anonymity that a data collector makes can actually be.

Taken in isolation, their claims may be true, however so called anonymous data can be collected from multiple sources and cross referenced to make things a lot less anonymous, and some people (particularly advertisers) have a vested interest in doing just that.
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