A taxing time across the board

A taxing time  across the board

The row about where tech companies pay their taxes is taking priority over the important issue of data privacy

Just last week, two of the most senior executives from Apple and Facebook addressed a conference in Brussels about data privacy. Their comments received limited attention. But had they been talking about tax, both the CEO of Apple Inc, Tim Cook, and Facebook’s chief privacy officer, Erin Egan, could have been guaranteed headlines across the world. The kind of headlines the British Chancellor Philip Hammond did attract when he mentioned in his budget speech how he was going to tax companies like Apple and Facebook in the future.

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