Most people know of AVG as a way to safeguard your computer against viruses and other malicious software. How effective it is can be widely debated, but it’s safe to say that it’s been a household name in virus protection for years now. Unfortunately, while AVG may protect you from viruses, beginning October 15th you’ll also need to protect your data – from AVG.

October 15th is the day AVG’s new privacy policy goes into effect and the new policy clearly states that AVG can gather your non-personal data and sell it to companies for a profit. Non-personal data can be your device’s brand, the apps you use, the websites you visit, and more.

AVG insists that the data collected can’t be used to identify you, because it’s “non-personal” and is anonymized when collected. Users will also have the option to opt-out, which you should probably do if you continue to use the program.

While it might seem shocking that a program designed to protect you from spyware is slowly becoming spyware itself, the sad truth is that data collection is all the rage these days. All of the cool programs are doing it, so why not AVG?

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