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2/12/2020
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Avast Under Investigation by Czech Privacy Agency

The software security maker is suspected of selling data about more than 100 million users to companies including Google, Microsoft, and Home Depot.

The Czech Office for Personal Data Protection is investigating the actions of Prague-based Avast in collecting and selling personal information of those using its security products. Avast is accused of selling the browser history, online map searches, and YouTube viewing habits, among other data, of more than 100 million users to companies including Google, Microsoft, and Home Depot.

In January, Motherboard and PCMag released the results of a joint investigation that found details of the data sales through "Jumpshot," a division that Avast has since closed. In a statement, Avast said it is cooperating with the government's request.

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