Thursday, 9 February 2012

Google Will Pay To See What You're Browsing

Google has already faced a backlash over upcoming changes to its privacy policy

Google is facing criticism over plans to pay internet users to browse the web while the search engine monitors their every click.

The new Google Screenwise programme will pay its volunteer "panellists" as much as $25 (£16) in Amazon gift cards - a $5 voucher for signing up and more depending on how long they stay on board.
Anyone signing up will have to download a browser extension, allowing Google to track their movements online in even more detail than they already do.
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Google has been 'overwhelmed' with interest in the programme
Participants have to be aged over 13 and anyone younger than 18 will need parental consent.
Technology website Search Engine Land said the timing of the move was unusual given the negative response Google has had over upcoming changes to its privacy policy.
Google is planning to introduce new privacy rules from March 1, which would allow the search engine to share information about users between services such as Gmail and YouTube.
Search Engine Land said: "Even though this Screenwise programme is completely opt-in, some critics are bound to question why Google needs more data about web searchers and the websites they visit."
The Screenwise Panel web page says the firm has been "overwhelmed" with interest and urges visitors to come back later.
It says: "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."

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