Paging Mr Orwell...

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  1. irish whiskey

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    no thanks
    i prefer my anonymity
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    Google offering to pay web users to track their every move
    By Tecca | Today in Tech – 10 hrs ago

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    The Screenwise project is designed to send usage data using browser plugin or special hardware

    Less than a month after announcing a controversial new privacy policy that shares user data across all its sites with no opt-out option, Google is introducing a system to monitor all online activity of those who participate in a program called Screenwise. In exchange for unrestricted access to information on your every online move, the search and software giant is offering financial compensation.

    By signing up for Screenwise and installing a browser plugin (only Google Chrome is supported at present), you'll be given $5 in store credit on Amazon. For every three months you continue to provide Google with browsing data, you'll earn an addition $5 gift card, up to a total of $25. Only those over 13 can participate and, perhaps not surprisingly, signups are currently on hold due to overwhelming interest.

    For those willing to make their online lives a completely open book, Google plans to offer a more elaborate tracking system that utilizes special hardware. The device, which connects to your broadband router, will monitor the online activity of all computers in your home. This program, which isn't available yet, will compensate participants $100 for signing up and $20 a month for up to a year.

    While the idea of getting paid to browse the web might sound win-win, it's important to note that Screenwise will track private browsing data in its Chrome extension (though supposedly won't link it to you directly) and will share data with third-parties should you opt for the hardware-based option.
  2. craig Go 'Cats!

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  3. irish whiskey

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    thanks c
    good to know about
  4. Rube DSP Regular

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    people dont realize how little value they give their own freedoms until its too late
    selling themselves willingly and getting paid shit on the dollar
    of you are going to prostitute yourself you should at least hold out for a decent price
  5. CapnTreee ...disgusted...

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    And THAT is a complete understatement of how bad it could be...

    If Google will be you $5 then it's certain that it will be able to sell your private data for $50... and not a dime less. Larry and Sergei are not fools, they've already made billions and now they could make even more... by raping your privacy... with your explicit permission...

    Q: What kind of fools would agree with this? Those who
    A: Those who have never heard of Mr. Orwell

    I used to believe some of the lies told about Sergei saying Google intended to "do no harm" but this is utter BS in light of recent changes.

    It's about time to find another search engine.

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