Do you want to be paid to surf the web using the Google Chrome browser? A new Google program called “Screenwise panel” (first reported by SearchEngineLand) is apparently providing users with that exact opportunity. In exchange, Google requests that you give up your privacy and provide your personal browsing data to Google. There has not been an official announcement, but there is already a signup page available here.

A few requirements for users of the service are listed on the signup page. You have to be 13 years of age or older to sign up (for Chrome and a Google account anyway), and —as mentioned before—you will have to give up your browsing data. Participants will get a $5 Amazon gift code after installing a special browser extension, and another $5 Amazon code for every three month period they spend in the program. The signup page noted a maximum payout of $25; however, Google noted in fine print that it would consider giving out additional gifts to users who participate for longer than a year.

Amazon is not actually a partner in the program. Instead, Google has enlisted Knowledge Networks as its “panel management partner.” A Google spokesperson reached out with a brief description and clarification of the program:

“Like many other web and media companies, we do panel research to help better serve our users by learning more about people’s media use, on the web and elsewhere. This panel is one such small project that started near the beginning of the year. Of course, this is completely optional to join. People can choose to participate if it’s of interest (or if the gift appeals) and everyone who does participate has complete transparency and control over what Internet use is being included in the panel. People can stay on the panel as long as they’d like, or leave at any time.”

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8 Responses to “Screenwise: Google paying Chrome users to give up their personal browsing data”

  1. Andrei says:

    How to register in this program?

  2. Llanyort says:

    Sharon is completely correct. Our "web history" is already being recorded. And if you as so naive as to think your history is not being gathered by google or even big brother then your crazy. I'm gonna make a prediction – the government will issue special "state" computers that will let you have free Internet access. You will not need to purchase these "state" machines NOR will they be forced on you. But they will be used to track much more than history. They will be used to track and record purchases for tax reasons.

    You watch – it will be apart of a new era of global trading and be required by the UN and European markets.

    All this untracked sales tax from web orders/purchases is a huge for countries all over the world. It's going to be a common denominator that pulls us out of this economic disaster that we are in presently.

    And hopefully "star fleet" will be created by all the above. Just joking about starfleet, but with all the extra funds being tracked, it would be a great way to eliminate poverty. Which is the essence of "star fleet's" operating tenants(eliminate poverty and help those that request help)

  3. Jeff says:

    Even if you don't want to be monitored your neighbors may be signing you up! Google's hardware will turn the volunteer home into a beacon for the entire neighborhood and will capture all signals, yours included.

  4. Myself says:

    thats fake

  5. Sharon says:

    Google can start paying because it's already what they are doing.

  6. Bob says:

    That's… interesting to say the least. I'm not sure if I'm willing to give up my privacy for $25, but it's definitely interesting.

  7. David Switch says:

    give up my personal data for $25 that is a joke.

  8. Richard Nixon says:

    If I want to submit my e-mail, I get following error-message: "Oops, something went wrong.
    Something bad happened. Don't worry, though. The Spreadsheets Team has been notified and we'll get right on it." Too bad, I was totally ready to get payed for my already given up privacy.