US FTC fines Avast $16.5m for selling consumer data

22/02/2024 | Federal Trade Commission

The US Federal Trade Commission has issued a $16.5 million fine to Czech cybersecurity and antivirus software provider Avast over the alleged misuse of customer data that led to the nonconsensual sale of user browsing data.

FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Samuel Levine said, “Avast promised users that its products would protect the privacy of their browsing data but delivered the opposite.”

In addition to the fine, the FTC ordered the company to cease selling or licensing any web browsing data for advertising purposes.

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