February 9, 2012
If that black box option doesn’t require the browser plugins…
1) Connect to VPN
2) Let Google collect a bunch of encrypted data that tells them nothing about what you’re doing online
I haven’t read the fine print, though.
Via: Ars Technica:
Google is working to collect information about Internet users that it can’t get from just monitoring its own browser, services, and Android devices. The company has set up a new program called Screenwise, which offers money to users who install a black box on their home network to “measure Internet use.” A smaller amount of money will go to those who install a browser extension on their computers that will do the same thing.
Google quietly started up the Screenwise data collection program Tuesday night, taking the e-mail addresses of people who are interested in “add[ing] a browser extension that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them.” For their participation, Google offers the extension users a $5 Amazon gift card for signing up and another $5 gift card for every three months they stay with the program. Less publicly, Google also started looking for people who would install a piece of hardware on their network to do more extensive monitoring.
This article was posted: Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 4:30 am