Avast CEO Shuts Down “Jumpshot” Programme, Apologises to Users

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Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek has publicly apologised for the endpoint security firm’s sale of user data via a subsidiary named “Jumpshot”, and said he will be terminating the programme immediately – after the news broke this week that it was mining and selling the data of its 400 million-plus users.

The apology and decision came three days after Vice’s Joseph Cox broke the news that the Avast antivirus subsidiary was selling data mined from endpoint using (described as “Every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site”) with clients having included Google, Microsoft, Pepsi and

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