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How Much Is My Private Data Worth? (Google Just Offered Me $$)

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posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 04:39 PM
Just got to love google....

“An exciting and very important new research study conducted for Google by GfK,” it said. It sounded harmless. The proposition? My involvement in “Screenwise” would help Google understand how I “use different types of media” and improve its “products and services.” In return, I’d get some money. How much wasn’t exactly clear up front due to the different steps and conditions. So, sucker for free money, I read on.

I would also get a “free top-of-the-line wireless Cisco router,” it said. Ha, I already have one of those, but this router would be special. It would collect all data flowing through it and send it to Google and GfK. A spy router!

Google would in effect sit inside the router and know everything – where you bank, the brokers you use, how often you visit their sites, what trading software you use, your internet phone calls, Skype conversations, instant messages, email, what health issues you might be dealing with, the porn sites you or your kids visit, where you’d like go to dinner. Everything.

Google would also install a special spy app on the smartphones of participating household members. The app would collect anything that’s done with the phone and send that data to Google. It’s an essential part of the deal.

And the bottom line.....

To get me going with this wonderful program, the letter sent me to the Screenwise website. Once there, I did the math. In addition to the $5 already pocketed, Google offered me $20 “immediately” if I register and answer a stream of intrusive questions, and $200 for having the spy router installed and at least one computer hooked up within two weeks of receiving the router. So $225 to get set up. Google also offered me $30 per month for the first computer and $5 per month for each additional participating Wi-Fi-enabled electronic device, including things like Blue-ray players. So in a household with 7 participating devices, $60 per month. In total, for the first month, $255. If the project lasts a whole year, $945.

I think it was in the 1980s that "Total Information Awareness" was bandied about in the Pentagon under Bush I. Well looks like google is well on the way to achieving it and we know they will sell it to anyone.

Gotta love free enterprise.

posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 04:54 PM
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posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 04:59 PM
That is still cheaper than "they" would spend to have a suit/fed sifting through Your 'works' and probably way faster, especially if "Rex" is still teaching at Quantico. I'd opine this is for the first wave of 'sheople' that will take the $$$, play the game, then remember that Unc's nose is so far up..uh... in 'their business' that they'll cry FOUL!!!! Then the "other suits" can break out boxes and boxes of "signed documents" in which each Lamb signed their Life away...

Nice to be able to blow the $225 for the overcommercialization of the celebration of Jesus' b'day. Timing is better here than there. Maybe the folks that get their foodstamps/benefits reduced could sign-up for this and buy some staples like new video games, Nike™ sneakers and ?? whatever is left over for the 6.5 kids after the "parent" gets their? Oh wait, "they" already KNOW everything about them and these folks haven't the $$$ to steal..


posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 05:00 PM

time out on every response

Hit preview post first, or if you are on safari swipe backwards and just repost (as your typed message should still be there).

@the OP.

I don't see how this could be a widespread initiative from a marketing perspective. Advertising margins are a few cents per impression. I guess, one person within a limited data set, could be more valuable. But I don't see it being used everywhere, unless this is a beta encouraging people to do it, until it becomes a non paid option, that is (for some stupid reason) widely accepted.

edit on 28-11-2013 by boncho because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 05:04 PM
reply to post by boncho

ok thanks will try.Never had issues before and not on safari...sitting at home lol

posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 05:13 PM
Let me get this straight.

You will receive money for info they already have anyway, so have you read the fine print?

I like free money, yet the cost would be too high! Seems you will be the first to have a chip implant

Then you be talking in thin air like some already out there!

Good Luck with that!


posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 05:45 PM
reply to post by boncho

I was getting the timeout (still am most likely) and back would remove my post.

But then hitting Forward again in a mad effort to save something... would post my reply. strange.

OP. so they are telling people? and this is bad? Is it not up to the person to say "Ahh no." and not go "Ahh.. zomgjesuspoop!!"

they used to stick boxes on your telly to "KNOW WHAT YOU WATCH!!!!!111"

for much the same reasons...

this age is scary...

posted on Nov, 28 2013 @ 05:57 PM
reply to post by winofiend

Its has not even begun yet!

Good thing the power did not go off! Or some solar flare blacking out the fun we have here on ATS!

We would have to be Human again!

Talk face to face like in the old days! Helping each other out, working togetter and the like.

I'm keeping this Dream no matter what Happens!


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