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Avast To Shut down Its Subsidiary, Jumpshot For Selling Users’ Data

Avast has announced that it will shut down its subsidiary, Jumpshot for illegally selling data of users. Customers who allegedly benefitted from this trade include Home Depot, Google, Microsoft, Pepsi, and McKinsey.

 

Despite being a company that sells antivirus software for data protection, Avast has seemingly failed to protect users. It worked with a subsidiary, Jumpshot, to pull off the heist according to reports.

 

Endgadget surmises that Avast collects private data from over a million of its users. Then it shared it with Jumpshot, which is an analytics company. This then sells it to big firms.

 

It is clear that there is something fishy from the fact that Jumpshot describes itself as a website that:

 

“provides data-driven insights to uncover digital marketing strategies of any website, including path to purchases, revenue, website traffic sources …”

 

This is because Avast is privy to lots of sensitive data because of the many permissions it requires to run.

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Motherboard and PCMag carried out this investigation that implicated the big tech companies. Now, Avast has announced that it is shutting down Jumpshot. Speaking on the subject, Ondrej Vlcek, CEO of Avast said:

 

“Avast’s core mission is to keep its users safe online and to give users control over their privacy. The bottom line is that any practices that jeopardize user trust are unacceptable to Avast.

 

“We are vigilant about our users’ privacy, and we took quick action to begin winding down Jumpshot’s operations after it became evident that some users questioned the alignment of data provision to Jumpshot with our mission and principles that define us as a company.”

 

Mozilla had previously pulled Avast’s Online Security and SafePrice extensions for Firefox. Also, the browser company had removed Avast’s AVG-branded equivalents, after they were found to be collecting much more data than necessary.

 

Users are seeing this as an encouraging story as the ropes of security continue to tighten around the neck of companies exploiting users.

 

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Onwuasoanya Obinna

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