Google Will Pay You $5 To Give Up Your PrivacyPosted: February 18, 2012 | |
How much do you think your privacy is worth? Would say more than a fiver? I would!
Google is set to launch a new platform which gives you, its trusty user, the amazing opportunity to sell your browsing history for $5 to Google. If you haven’t sensed the sarcasm in my words then you need your head checked!
Google is trying to buy peoples browsing history for $5 under the name of the Screenwise program. Their exact words were: “Google is building a new panel to learn more about how everyday people use the Internet.”
“The new project is called Screenwise. 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.”
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m really uneasy about Google being able to monitor my functions online. I have nothing to hide but I just don’t think I would be comfortable signing up for this “extension” and still feel assured when doing my banking online.
To be honest I don’t see why they are even bothering telling people that they plan to monitor web browsing, as they already have software which patrols your computer usage for any chance to promote a product or service you may have looked at earlier.
An example of this is……. Go to Google and type in something that you would buy in the shops, like a pair of adidas trainers or something. After looking at the trainers of your choice go to your Facebook account and log into your home page and I can guarantee that you will see ads for trainers or, more specifically, adidas trainers at the bottom or top of your page. This is a type of ad display which is known as cookie trolling. A cookie is a data record kept on your computer about what you have looked at or wrote on an internet browser. Google and Facebook,Microsoft and a list of other huge corporations use cookie data to display ads to you that are relevant at the time.
So Google is taking it to the next level by asking permission to see your browsing history “to enhance the users experience within the platforms available”. If they are asking permission and are offering to pay you for your browsing history they must be going so much further than cookie data collection.
To conclude, you should protect your privacy and never sell your history to the multi national corporations as they have no right to harass you with ads 24/7.
$5 is not worth your freedom and I can guarantee that there will be bad reports in the coming months of corruption and irresponsible handling of data collected from users browsing history.