Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’
Democratic presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders thinks the federal authorities should do extra to make sure that folks’s web shopping histories aren’t tracked and offered to huge firms.
Sanders joins fellow senators Mark Warner and Ron Wyden in calling for motion over the secretive business that makes thousands and thousands of dollars monitoring and promoting the web habits of peculiar web customers. A joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag printed Monday discovered that Avast antivirus, which has greater than 435 million customers round the world, is promoting its customers’ shopping habits to firms like Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Yelp, Condé Nast, and Home Depot by means of a subsidiary known as Jumpshot.
“No reasonable person would expect antivirus software to be selling off their private browsing data to the highest bidder,” a spokesperson for Sanders advised Motherboard. “Unfortunately, this story fits a pattern of the largest technology corporations trampling over the rights of consumers with near impunity.”
Our investigation discovered that Jumpshot sells “every search. Every click. Every buy. On every site.” One of its merchandise is a so-called All Clicks Feed.” Huge companies have purchased this knowledge, which tracks customers throughout the web, together with on porn websites.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mentioned Monday that the company is “very familiar with how these markets for data operate, and will not hesitate to take appropriate action as necessary where we find conduct that violates the laws we enforce.”
Sanders’ assertion says that’s not sufficient: “If the FTC is to regain credibility and serve the public interest, it must take a stronger stand on issues like this one.”
Joseph Cox contributed reporting.