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Antivirus Software Tracks Your Taste in Porn

Source: https://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/avast-antivirus-user-browsing-data-sold

 

https://nypost.com/2020/01/28/popular-antivirus-tracked-users-porn-browsing-habits-report/amp/

 

Avast was collecting what it’s users are searching up on Google, Google Maps, LinkedIn, etc.

 

most important! They were collecting data on what type of porn you watch from websites like YouPorn and PornHub. 
 

just great... and selling it to other companies like Microsoft, Google, Pepsi, etc. 

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I dont even know what to say

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Its almost like thats your browsing habits, and thats what theyre selling

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wow

 

 

yeet!

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Ngl I kinda wanna see what kinda ads pepsi and microsoft would make based on my porn preferences

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In a sense, they were 'studying' our behaviour. In my study, Western people are super against child pornography, so I best not to put some anime girl (around age 9) dress in skimpy clothes holding my product as advertisement unless I want to get a back lash from the Western world. However, in many country like Japan, this type of advertisement could boost the sales.

 

Studying what people want or like can give you a competitive edge in advertisement and your product. It also gives you a clear view of your target 'audience'. That's why these information are worth.

 

And who says only Avast is having this issues? Other anti-virus do collect our browsing behaviour as well. Some may secretly sell our data as anonymous source (Big companies do, and like every seconds). So, yeah, no surprise about this news.

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it seems its only happened if you used some browser extension, not the actual AV software. so its a non issue to me

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Youtube does weird stuff too.

For near a month last year, youtube was recomending videos of men living alone with a cat in a van they had 'converted' into living space.

I don't remember if any were living down by the river.

Are you trying to tell me something youtube?

 

Wonder if they can get good internet...

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