Ok, we all know I am critic of Google’s data collection practices, but now they are starting a new program called Screenwise where they actually bribe you to give up your privacy. I am not kidding.
Under the guise of “making Google better”, they will now send you gift cards for installing a browser extension (only on Chrome, of course) and using it to surf the web. How much? Up to $25 in amazon gift cards. $5 when you sign up and $5 for every three months you participate.
Or, if you really like having no privacy you can opt for – get this – a “Screenwise data collector” that you install on your home network that monitors all of your internet usage. Yes, a little black box that phones home with reports on your internet activity. If you are accepted into this program they send you the device, pay you $100 to get started and $20 per month.
For instance, they can now share data between all of their services. These include Youtube, Chrome, calendars, docs, gmail and blogger, not to mention everything you do on your android phone. All of that data can be associated into a single profile of you, kept by Google, to provide them even more information to target you with ads.
What do you think? Am I just a privacy nut or do you think this program goes too far?