“We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free, including:
Advertising ID associated with your device
Browsing and search history, including meta data
Internet service provider or mobile network you use to connect to our products
Information regarding other applications you may have on your device and how they are used.”
The new policy will go into effect on October 15. AVG is currently fielding questions on a Reddit thread.
This news is yet another example of the cost of using a free provider, and an illustration of the adage “if it’s free, you are the product.” We recently outlined similar examples of free providers selling user data in our “I am Anonymous when I use a VPN: 10 Myths Debunked” article. At Golden Frog, we do not sell user data nor use third parties, and strive to maintain the highest level of trust among our customers.
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