Starting December 15th, and ending on December 19th, Google Chrome users can choose to install an extension called Chrome For a Cause that will track how many tabs they have opened, and Google will donate money to 1 of 5 charities. The user will get a tally of what your tabs have been converted into. Some people are questioning if this is an invasion of privacy. Google says: “Chrome for a Cause tracks your tab count, but doesn’t store any of your browsing history.”
In case you are wondering how many tabs make a decent donation, it takes 10 tabs to rack up enough browsing to plant a tree or donate a book.
The five charities are:
Doctors Without Borders (Doctors Without Borders is an independent, international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in nearly 70 countries to those most in need.)
The Nature Conservancy (The Nature Conservancy is a conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.)
Room to Read (Room to Read is a non-profit organization seeking to transform the lives of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.)
Charity: Water (Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.)
Un Techo para mi Pais (Un Techo para mi Pais is working in 19 countries across the Americas to improve the quality of life of impoverished families through the construction of transitional housing.)