For roughly the price of a "venti" coffee at Starbucks, less than two gallons of gas or a beer at a bar, Google wants to buy your online privacy.\n\tAccording to a Google landing page, the search giant is looking for "panelists" to add a Chrome extension called Screenwise that will share with Google the sites you visit and how you use them.\n\tYour reward for participating? A $5 Amazon.com gift card code when you sign up and download the Screenwise browser extension, with the potential to earn up to $25 in Amazon gift card codes by the end of the year. The requirements: just that you are over the age of 13 and have a Google account.\n\tGoogle doesn't say exactly what it plans to do with this information, other than it will help to "improve Google products and services and make a better online experience for everyone." It also says that it will evaluate what, if any, changes will be made to gift card amounts for continuing participation beyond 12 months.\n\tAccording to another report, Google also contacted users recently to install a piece of hardware on their network to do additional monitoring. Participants in the "Screenwise Panel" will receive a heftier sum of $100 for joining, plus $20 each month the household participates.\n\tNews of the project sparked outrage\u2014and conversation\u2014in the tech community, with many questioning why people would give up their online privacy in exchange for a measly $5, especially at a time where Facebook's and Google's handling of personal information has been widely scrutinized.\n\tIn a statement, Google took this to task, reminding everyone that this project is entirely voluntary:\n\tLike many other web and media companies, we do panel research to help better serve our users by learning more about people's media use, on the web and elsewhere. This panel is one such small project that started near the beginning of the year. Of course, this is completely optional to join. People can choose to participate if it's of interest (or if the gift appeals) and everyone who does participate has complete transparency and control over what Internet use is being included in the panel. People can stay on the panel as long as they'd like, or leave at any time. \n\tThe Google\/Screenwise gig appears to have appealed to a lot of people. Today, it stopped accepting volunteers, posting a message that read, "We appreciate and are overwhelmed by your interest at the moment. Please come back for more details."\n\tWhat do you think of Google's offer? Do you have a price for disclosing your online browsing habits?