U.K. Threatens Facebook, Google with Higher Taxes Unless They Hand Over User Data

Purportedly in a bid to fight online radicalization, the UK government has issued tech companies like Facebook and Google an ultimatum to hand over user data or face higher taxes.

Australian regulators are to look at the impact of digital platforms like Google and Facebook on competition in media and advertising marketsVentureBeat reports that the UK government is considering imposing new taxes on companies like Facebook and Google if they refuse to share collected user data with the government and make further efforts to combat extremist content on their platforms. Ben Wallace, the UK Minister of State for Security, derided the tech firms for selling user information but refusing to share it with state governments.

“If they continue to be less than co-operative, we should look at things like tax as a way of incentivizing them or compen­sating for their inaction,” said Wallace in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper. “We should stop pretending that because they sit on beanbags in T-shirts they are not ruthless profiteers,” he said. “They will ruthlessly sell our details to loans and soft-porn companies but not give it to our democratically elected government.”…

Also published on Fenixx.org

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