Got nothing to hide? Want to share everything you do on the internet with Google? Does $25 for sharing the sites you visit and how you use them sound like a good deal? If the answer is yes, you can sign up for Google’s Screenwise project.
But not at the moment, as Google is “overwhelmed by the interest”. If you do sign up, in exchange for sharing your data with Google, you’ll get up to $25 in Amazon gift certificates. You get the first certificate when you sign up and install the browser extension (for Google Chrome, of course) used to collect data, then one every three months you’re part of the program (up to $25).
And, in the small print says, Google doesn’t say what will happen to this compensation or whether it will continue after the first 12 months, depending on the results of the research.
You’d think nobody would share their information for such a small amount, but, considering the fact that subscriptions are closed, think again. There must be a lot of people out there that don’t care about their privacy and are willing to give it up, as long as they get something in return.
According to TG Daily, the purpose is to monitor all internet usage in the household. This is done via a router which monitors all of these devices. The router, called “The Screenwise Data Collector”, is offered for free.
It will be interesting to see where this goes. And, if you’re planning to be part of this, I’m sure sign ups will reopen sooner rather than later.
While you wait, you might want to protect your Firefox passwords with a Master Password.