Jan 28, 2020

Podcast: Selling your internet browsing history

A new report from Motherboard finds that antivirus software company Avast has been selling user data and browsing history. Dan and Motherboard's Jason Koebler discuss the deep granularity of the data being sold, and what it means for around 100 million of users.

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Antivirus provider Avast shutters controversial marketing arm

Avast is shutting down a controversial subsidiary that shared anonymized user data with marketing clients.

Driving the news: For years, Avast, which offers users free antivirus services, sold user data to marketers through a subsidiary, according to a report from Motherboard and PC Magazine.

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Venture capitalists have yet to join Corporate America in tackling climate change

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

2020 appears to be the year that Corporate America is serious about addressing climate change, but it remains unclear if venture capitalists plan to join the fight.

The big picture: Many VCs still have painful scars from the mid-to-late aughts, when they lost billions on investments in "cleantech" companies.

Go deeperArrowJan 29, 2020

Retailers are guzzling data just like tech giants

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Much of the debate around data privacy has centered on the tech giants that are collecting consumer data, but retailers are formidable data guzzlers, too.

Why it matters: The places we shop track us in stores and online and use those troves of data to get us to spend more money. "I think it would be wise if everyone stopped thinking of retailers as retailers and started thinking of them as tech companies," Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute, tells Axios.