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Avast Hit with $16.5 Million Fine for Selling Customer Data

Avast Software settles with FTC over data privacy issues. The company agreed to pay $16.5 million for allegedly selling users’ browsing data to third-party advertisers without consent, despite promising privacy protection. Avast is ordered to cease such practices, delete transferred data, obtain consent for data sales, and establish a privacy program. This case reflects growing regulatory scrutiny over data brokers’ practices.

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