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Parliamentary questions
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31 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002487-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Monika Beňová (S&D)

 Subject:  Personal data of EU citizens and its value

Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Alphabet have a combined wealth of nearly USD 2 trillion. The owners of these companies are among the wealthiest billionaires in the world and generate an enormous amount of profit for a small group of shareholders and CEOs. At the same time, it is unclear how much tax they actually pay owing to elaborate tax optimisation schemes. The digital age is here and it is here to stay. Tech giants have benefited from the EU single market and its 500 million inhabitants. The process of achieving dominance in the digital space is surrounded by controversy. The list of examples is so long that it would be impossible to list all the major breaches of privacy, anti-competitive practices or aggressive tax planning. In this new digital age, personal data protection is the new gold standard. Based on the personal profiles of users, these tech giants make enormous profits through advertising alone. As a result, we must ask if the people of Europe are getting a fair exchange for their personal data.

1. Is the Commission considering evaluating the value of its citizens’ personal data?

2. What progress has the Commission made in creating a digital tax?

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