AVG Antivirus is an antivirus application that uses tracking of user interactions. It uses Avast services for this tracking as well as its own.
AVG Antivirus has an installer that points at an End User License Agreement. Before the user is able to read this, it has already started tracking the user. The End User License Agreement does not even allow copy and paste to save selected information for a later point, but is available online as well. Usage behaviour tracking is described as “information about your […] use of Solutions”.
This immunizer requires Spybot Anti-Beacon 3.5.
Is it spyware?
We use the ASCs definition of Tracking Software and Spyware:
- Tracking software
- Software that monitors user behavior, or gathers information about the user, sometimes including personally identifiable or other sensitive information, through an executable program.”
- In its narrow sense, Spyware is a term for Tracking Software deployed without adequate notice, consent, or control for the user.”
Since the term adequate is not well defined in the ASCs context, we use both the European GDPR and compare Information, Consent and Control to what is standard for Windows itself.
- Very insufficient: hidden deep within a page long EULA, user tracking is mentioned.
- Bad: tracking starts before the user is informed.
- Good: after installation, the settings allow to disable selected telemetry. It is possible to disable telemetry for marketing without disabling.