Cash for your cache: Google’s new program pays users for the right to snoop

February 10, 2012

Google logoA new voluntary privacy policy allows data about you from all of Google’s services to coalesceMother Board reports.

Called Screenwise, Google explains it like this:

“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. What’s in it for you? Up to $25 in gift cards.”

How much are we comfortable with our machines knowing about us? How much is our privacy really worth? Are we all on the verge of making our own information-age Faustian bargains?