AVG Free Anti-VirusThanks to very good antivirus called AVG Free, their makers are now collecting data about your activity in the Internet and what’s more worrying about other applications you may have on a devices with installed AVG Free.

AVG states that it will not sell data that will allow buyers to identify you but only IF they will become aware that they posses it. In other words they may always say, that they wasn’t aware that this particular part of data may identify you.

All of that is part of new AVG privacy policy that came into play on October, 15th according to AVG news blog and can be found here. In terms of privacy most important part of it is:

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.

Full Privacy Policy can be found here

It would be unfair to say that only AVG is making money from gathering data about our activity, web history etc. Truth is that most of software we have on our computers or websites does that. Facebook, Google, Microsoft (especially new Windows 10 with default settings – see here) are no better and hundreds of others either.

To be honest I don’t have any reason to accuse AVG of playing unfair. I use it by myself (AVG Free). This is only an example. On what I encourage you is to READ privacy policy BEFORE accepting it, because most settings that allow gathering info about you might be switched off. Unless you don’t mind collecting data about your activity on the Internet or your device.