Creepy Canadian App Gives Citizens Points for Making Government-Approved Choices

The app, funded by the Canadian federal government and developed by Toronto-based company CARROT Insights in 2015, is sponsored by a number of companies offering reward points for their services as an incentive to “learn” how to improve wellness and budget finances. According to CARROT Insights, “All offers are designed by sources you can trust like the BC Ministry of Health, Newfoundland and Labrador Government, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, and YMCA.” Users can choose to receive rewards for companies including SCENE, Aeroplan, Petro-Canada, or More Rewards, a loyalty program that partners with other businesses.

h/t Marvin

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    That is kind of creepy, especially since the government gets to sift through all your data.

    • Alain

      Kind of?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Wait until your behavior and social responsibility scores are tied to your income tax rate.

        • Alain

          Re-education internment will occur also.

  • Frances

    And how many of those “trusted” organizations really, really pushed the low-fat, high-carb diets which have done so much to increase obesity?

  • How sad a person does one have to be for this?

    • Justin St.Denis

      A very, very sad person with no innate sense of creativity, independence, fun. Also, likely a very stupid person. Stupid people are all around us and even look like us, but they are STUPID. Stupid is dangerous, and stupid people are dangerous to themselves and others.

      Stupid people leaving themselves open to government surveillance is rather funny, however. Betcha they’re overwhelmingly Anglo-Canadian!

  • jayme

    So you get a pat on the head for pleasing the State, I wonder if they’ll get around to giving (for instance) little electric shocks to those who don’t please the State. Training humans is a difficult business.

    • JoKeR

      The Young Liberals will show up to your door with a warning and their baseball bats. They are today’s “progressive” Brown Shirts.