Google to Start Paying You To Monitor Your Browsing Habits
As soon as you start using the Internet, your actions are tracked by specialized companies. This not only includes web server logs but also third party tracking through advertisement, social networking scripts and other third party scripts.
Google is about to launch Screenwise, a project that allows them to monitor the sites users visit and how they use them. For that, participating users get paid up to $25 in gift cards over the course of a year. Users who sign up get a $5 Amazon gift card right away, and then additional $5 gift cards for every three months they stay in the project.
According to the information posted on the Screenwise Landing panel, Google attempts to use the information to "improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone".
Participating users need to download the Google Screenwise browser extension for the Chrome web browser and use the browser for their Internet activities. Eligible are Google account users who are at least 13 years of age. Google notes on the page that the company will not save user email addresses, or "associate it with any other personally identifiable information".
Google has partnered up with Knowledge Networks, a research company that specializes in Internet research.
Interested users can submit their email address to receive notifications when registration opens. According to the landing page information, users will receive participation information in the coming days.
The question is, how many users are willing to give up their privacy for 12 months for $25 in Amazon gift certificates? What's your take on this?
Update: The Screenwise website is no longer available. We have removed the link as a consequence.Advertisement
$25 a year? My privacy is quite more expensive.
Yeah, mine too.
Google, please add a couple of zeros (3 might do) to the equation.
If a million people participate that’s 25 mil a year expenses!
Which they make back in an hour or so.
I strongly believe all of the money come from Advertisers already… You see it’s gift cards, not cash…
Google won’t give a cent.
This is really ridiculous. Though I’m sure there will be some people that will accept that…
So what if you sign up for the project and than continue browsing the web with your favorite furry browser?
They are probably asking for a minimum browsing time per month or quarter.
Is it possible to bargain ?
I love starting the day with a big laugh :) Great Caesar’s ghost, I wouldn’t have read it here I wouldn’t have believed it : getting paid by Google (if you can call that a salary) to undress yourself without getting undressed by them, what a deal !
Well, I really think having chosen to close my Google account was the right decision. Google isn’t blacklisted because I continue to use (anonymous) services, but no exception on a default ‘no cookie’ policy and use of a keen “protect yourself” Firefox extension called ‘Google Disconnect’ together with a few system-wide privacy instances help me manage a minimum of space to breath. Of course, other Big Brother, Facebook, is completely blacklisted.
Gosh, oh! boy …
I’ve already signed up. Now I am eagerly awaiting the $5 GC so I can cancel my participation. :D
This is interesting – I wonder if this is a result of many more people using their services anonymously.
Also – who are they targeting with 25$ a year? Six year-old net-savvy, cash-strapped users?
What do you think about users, Google ?
In addition to @Yoav, I believe even a “Six year-old net-savvy” won’t wait an YEAR just for 25 bucks …
Just wondering how ‘don’t be evil’ became ‘let’s all be evil’ … !!
Make it 400â‚¬ to get a new Graphics Card and I’m in.
“. . . a project that allows them to monitor the sites users visit and how they use them.”
Gee, I thought they already did that. Now they want to pay you for it.
Big Brother Google doesn’t have enough information on peeps? Beats me who would want to participate in that scheme!
I imagine joining this program constitutes an opt-in and consent
As such any personal information acquired under this program
within Google itself, other businesses, and sometimes law enforcement.
How is this different in kind from being a Nielsen family? (Clearly it’s different in degree — people’s web browsing shows a lot more personal interest than watching TV. But different in kind? I don’t think so.)
For something like $15-20 instead of $5 it’d be kind of worthwile. They are collecting my data anyway, so at least they are finally giving me my share.
This is not the stuff Google may be collecting normally.
Google only shares personal information with other companies or individuals outside of Google in the following limited circumstances:
* We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
* We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of Google, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.
There is no such thing as free money
no work no eat
For now it’s just a too small money for me.
But, like Anon said above, “For something like $15-20 instead of $5 itâ€™d be kind of worthwile. They are collecting my data anyway, so at least they are finally giving me my share.”
People DON’T fall for the banana in the tail pipe. This is just another slick way for the New World Order to invade our privacy. Are you kidding me? The US Government is treating their citizens like the Nazi Concentration Camp error.