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Questionable Promotion of Third Party Add-Ons

I am a long-time user of Norton's Security software - over ten years.  I am disturbed by Norton's promotion of third party add-ons masquerading as an update of the original software or not clearly stating that Norton's "privacy policy" does not apply to an add-in/add-to a Norton Security product.  I plan to look for an alternative product before renewing Norton Security Premium.  See companies statement for an example:

Data Collected by a Third Party Partner for Norton Safe Search

In order for the Norton Safe Search to be delivered to you, your search query request will be directed to our Third Party Partner (i.e., not a Symantec company), where such Third Party Partner will process your request. The Third Party Partner may also collect information directly from you through your activity on Norton Safe Search (collectively, “Third Party Data”). The Third Party Partner will be the data controller for the purpose of processing your search query, Therefore, it is our Third Party Partner, rather than Symantec, who decides how your Third Party Data will be collected, used, disclosed, retained, or otherwise processed. Your Third Party Data is subject to the Third Party Partner’s privacy statement(s) for the processing of your data to carry out the search query.

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Re: Questionable Promotion of Third Party Add-Ons

The user’s search query requests made through our Norton Safe Search product will be directed to our Third-Party Search Partners Oath/Yahoo! (for US and Canada) and IACI (for non-US/Canada) in order for the query research to be delivered to you. . Our Third-Party Partners may also collect information directly from you pursuant to your activity on Norton Safe Search. Our Third Party Partners will collect such data as data controllers for the purpose of processing your search query. Such collection of data is governed by the Privacy Policy, Statement and Notice of the Third Party Partners.
In order for the Norton Safe Search to be delivered to you, your search query request will be directed to our Third Party Partner (i.e., not a Symantec company), where such Third Party Partner will process your request.   The Third Party Partner may also collect information directly from you through your activity on Norton Safe Search (collectively, “Third Party Data”). The Third Party Partner will be the data controller for the purpose of processing your search query, Therefore, it is our Third Party Partner, rather than Symantec, who decides how your Third Party Data will be collected, used, disclosed, retained, or otherwise processed.   Your Third Party Data is subject to the Third Party Partner’s privacy statement(s) for the processing of your data to carry out the search query.   Please refer to the privacy statements of our Third Party Partner.
3. Cookies and similar trackers are processed for the purpose of following feature usage preferences and history. For more information about cookies, please refer to the section above titled, "Tracking Technologies, Cookies and Do-Not-Track” section of the Symantec - Norton Global Privacy Statement.
Anonymized IP addressesand product usage information are processed by Google Analytics’ Measurement Protocol for the purpose of critical error statistical analysis and management. Click here for information about Google Analytics data safeguards.
Additionally, Symantec will use aggregated, de-identified, anonymized or otherwise non-identifying data derived from collected data such as statistics for the purposes of:

  • Pursuing general cybersecurity research;
  • Improving the detection of malware and cyber-threats e.g. through file sample analysis;
  • Tracking and publishing reports on security and identity theft risks/trends;
  • Conducting statistical analysis of product deployment, including analysis of trends and comparisons in our aggregated user base; and
  • Monitoring and improving product performance in terms of availability and response times.

https://www.symantec.com/privacy/norton-privacy-english 


When you submit a search query through Norton Safe Search, it will be directed to Ask.com where your query is processed and the search results are provided. As part of your use of Norton Safe Search, Ask.com may collect and/or ask you to provide certain information. Please see the Ask.com Privacy Policy located here for details on the type of information collected, how Ask.com uses and protects the collected information, and who it may share such information with.

Norton Safe Search does not provide a security rating for paid search results (sponsored links) nor does it filter out potentially unsafe sponsored links from the search results

https://us.norton.com/safe-search 

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