The watchdog data protection watchdog in the Czech Republic has launched an investigation into the company Avast after circulation of publications which revealed that it was selling information from its users' browsing history.
To its customers Avast were large technology companies such as Google, Microsoft and Home Depot, revealed the research conducted by Motherboard and PCMag.
"We are currently collecting information on the whole case. There are suspicions of a serious and widespread violation of the protection of users' personal data. "After the investigation, further measures will be taken and the general public will be informed." he stated Ivana Janů, President of the Czech Personal Data Protection Agency.
Concerns about its data collection practices Avast first appeared in 2019 when it was discovered that some of the extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers gathered information from users that the company was selling to third parties.
Google and Mozilla stopped distributing the extensions until Avast corrected them with significant changes that reduced the amount of data collected from users' computers.
A few days ago, however, we reported that Avast continues to collect information such as Google searches, Google Maps, and YouTube, as well as clicks from adult sites.
As with the extensions, the data was anonymous, but according to Vice, many experts believe that even with anonymous data, it is possible to identify a person.