Google paying people to track their web visits

Google has been trying to defend its upcoming changes to its privacy policy in the past couple of weeks. But what if you really wanted to give Google pretty much all of your web site browsing history? That is exactly what Google offers to some users earlier this week when it launched a new program called Screenwise.

In a page on Google's web site, the company describes the project, saying:

As a panelist, you'll add a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them. What we learn from you, and others like you, will help us improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone.

As compensation, Google will give people who sign up for the program a $5 Amazon.com gift card code immediately. Every three months, Google will send the "panelists" another $5 Amazon.com gift card code. The maximum amount you can receive is $25. At the moment the program is not taking any more applications.

Want to go all in on this plan? Ars Technica reports that Google has also launched a smaller and less public program that sends people a hardware device that collects even more of a user's Internet activities.

In the agreement, Google says that people are paid $100 up front to participate in this program, along with $20 for each month they stay with the panel, up to a year. That means that a person could get a total of $340 if they were picked for the program. Google has apparently already signed up their limit of 2,500 customers for this survey.

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In November two shopping malls were halted in plans to track shopper activities through their mobile phones. It is only the most recent example of large business doing high-tech snooping in order to obtain beneficial marketing demographics. Now Google has decided to put an open face on the endeavor and ask customers to give up their privacy voluntarily. And it will even pay those consumers, but not a whole lot. Source of article: <a title="Google Screenwise pays to spy on you" href="http://www.appisaurus.com/">Google Screenwise pays to spy on you</a>

Earning money nowadays is not that easy but this one is a good way to earn money. However, I'm still having doubts on this. Would it be good for us? What about our privacy? But anyway, this is voluntary so good luck for those who will try!

In November two shopping malls were halted in plans to track shopper activities through their mobile phones. It is only the most recent example of large business doing high-tech snooping in order to obtain beneficial marketing demographics. Now Google has decided to put an open face on the endeavor and ask customers to give up their privacy voluntarily. And it will even pay those consumers, but not a whole lot. Source of article: <a title="Google Screenwise pays to spy on you" href="http://www.appisaurus.com/">Google Screenwise pays to spy on you</a>

Earning money nowadays is not that easy but this one is a good way to earn money. However, I'm still having doubts on this. Would it be good for us? What about our privacy? But anyway, this is voluntary so good luck for those who will try!

and you know whats sad?. The ppl is stupid enough to accept. btw those are $25x a WHOLE YEAR, makes $0.06 worth your privacy each day. How cheap are you?

Offering a petty $170/eyeball is just disgusting, especially when it's limited to so few people. I am the product they sell. How come I'm not seeing $430?

I personally wouldn't mind. It's Google, not your evil neighbour waiting to find dirty things to post it on your Facebook. It's not like anyone will actually be looking at the data and thinking "that dude has a weird fetish for ponies" or anything like that. It's fully automated data collection and processing, nothing else. Your data won't be public in any way, your data will be secure, and you get paid for it. AND nobody is forcing you at all.

I personally would even give them my data for free. If they can get me all those amazing services for free (Google Search, Gmail, Maps, the Android experience, YouTube, ...) then I'll gladly give them some research data in return. If there is any company I'd trust with my data it'd be Google.

Ambroos said,

If there is any company I'd trust with my data it'd be Google.

Lol best read all day what a joker lol

WP7 said,

Lol best read all day what a joker lol

Well I'm serious about it. Their privacy policy is quite clear, and they're just too big to make mistakes. They have an absolutely excellent track record when it comes to security too.

Ambroos said,

Well I'm serious about it. Their privacy policy is quite clear, and they're just too big to make mistakes. They have an absolutely excellent track record when it comes to security too.

Im guessing you love Monsanto as a corporation as well.

Ambroos said,
I personally wouldn't mind. It's Google, not your evil neighbour waiting to find dirty things to post it on your Facebook. It's not like anyone will actually be looking at the data and thinking "that dude has a weird fetish for ponies" or anything like that. It's fully automated data collection and processing, nothing else. Your data won't be public in any way, your data will be secure, and you get paid for it. AND nobody is forcing you at all.

I personally would even give them my data for free. If they can get me all those amazing services for free (Google Search, Gmail, Maps, the Android experience, YouTube, ...) then I'll gladly give them some research data in return. If there is any company I'd trust with my data it'd be Google.

nothings secure! hackers can get into anything, just think what they could find like credit card details, passwords to online games, paypal....list goes on

S_Herbie said,
$25 is not enough!

I'd do it. My browsing habits are for the most part legit, for $25 I'd be more than happy to give them information about what websites I visit. It's basically free money.

manosdoc said,
That's disgusting. Really low.
As if they don't do it already.

I don't see how it's disgusting. People are signing up for this, Google aren't begging them

manosdoc said,
That's disgusting. Really low.
As if they don't do it already.

Chances are they aren't, otherwise why pay people now?

Majesticmerc said,

If it's voluntary, how is it bad?


I'm not going to draw a conclusion on whether it's good or bad that Google's doing this (I could go either way right now), but I think on of the big things is people see "OMG FREE MONEY? and all I have to do is install a free browser plugin? Hell, sign me up!" instead of actually comparing the pros and cons of it. But then again, it could be a great way for people who want a more customized experience to get it, and with an extra bonus.

manosdoc said,
That's disgusting. Really low.
As if they don't do it already.

Well, clearly they don't or they wouldn't have this program would they?