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UK minister: Tech companies ruthlessly sell our data

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Staff Writer | December 31, 2017
Britain may impose new taxes on tech giants like Google and Facebook unless they do more to combat online extremism by taking down material aimed at radicalizing people or helping them to prepare attacks.
Ben Wallace
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Security Ministers Ben Wallace accused tech firms of being happy to sell people’s data but not to give it to the government which was being forced to spend vast sums on denationalization programs, surveillance and other counter-terrorism measures.

“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,” Wallace told the Sunday Times newspaper in an interview.

He accused the tech giants of putting private profit before public safety.

“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.”

Britain suffered a series of attacks by Islamic extremists between March and June this year that killed a total of 36 people.


 

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