Get $25 “Free” from Google by Sharing Your Web Surfing DataPosted by Cap on February 8, 2012 |
Nope. Not one of those “get paid to work for Google” scammy ads. You can get up to $25 in Amazon gift card from Google by signing up to their Screenwise panel. Essentially you get $5 for downloading the Chrome browser and installing the extension. You then get $5 for every three month you stay with the panel program (up to $25 max).
Personally I wouldn’t want my personal data to be shared like this, even if its in aggregated/anonymous format, but for those that don’t care or mind, this is easy enough “free” money (in the form of Amazon gift cards anyways).
Here’s the full gist of the program:
- You can sign up at the Google Screenwise program page
- You must be 13 or older (surprisingly low age threshold)
- Have a Google account (or will sign-up for one)
- Using the Chrome web browser
- You’ll eventually get instructions on how to install the extension and join the program through Google’s panel management partner, Knowledge Networks
The sign-up page at Google shows that the maximum payout is $25 (total of 12 months plus initial $5 they give you for signing up). However in the fine print Google notes that it may extend the research beyond 12 months if there is a need/fit.
Please note that I am assuming data being shared are on an aggregated or anonymous format, but you should check with the full program terms before you start using it on a day-to-day basis. I doubt the purpose of the program/panel will be recording your bank login information etc., but when you install additional extensions to your browser, you add new potential security risk.
If anything, I suppose people can always sign-up to the program and opt-out of the program after the initial gift card is given to you. *shrug*
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