After Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 user tracking chronicles, AVG has become the second company to be completely transparent about their privacy policies, but they have taken it to the next level by disclosing how they are generating money.
In the section “What do you collect that cannot identify me?” the company has stated that:
“We collect non-personal data to make money from our free offerings so we can keep them free.”
“We collect non-personal data to improve our products and services.”
The company stated that the non-personal user data includes information about applications installed on your machine; how those applications are used; advertising identification associated with your machine; “browsing and search history, including metadata”; type of Internet connection is used to connect to the products.
“You have the right to opt out of the use or collection of certain data, including personal data and non-personal data. You have the right to expect us to protect your personal data and keep it safe. You have the right to ask us about the personal data we process about you, the purpose and nature of the processing, and to provide information on who we share it with.”
But the opting out instructions would only let you opt-out from their email newsletters or bulletins. And there is no method to opt-out from data tracking and data sharing yet.