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It's amazing that this doesn't run afoul of EU privacy laws. Or rather, it's hypocritical.

Handling of tax records is at least considered (and the presenter mentioned how some EU Member States (Germany) decided not to share tax info with other signatories (such as Turkey), where tax records are not handled carefully enough, and privacy is not respected sufficiently).

We are accumulating more and more instances of the classic security-privacy trade off with regards to "total information". Of course if everything would be tracked tax evasion would be pretty easy to catch, but so does any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the various powers that be.

Each individual state presumably already has an authority with all this information. That they have it is a necessary evil I have already agreed to. Sharing it internationally makes their use of my information more effective, so I'm completely for it.

It's not that I don't mind when my information is used/shared/gathered but for some causes it's the lesser evil.

It's sharing of your information with a government over which you have zero power. A government which could in the future conceivably be an enemy.

I think the feeling towards this might be cultural too - my tax authority is also the census bureau. They know where I live and how much money I make and have, and that's reported directly from my bank and my employer so I don't have to report this (annual tax declaration is normally just signing that the numbers are correct). All this basically means I never considered any of this to be secret or sensitive - it's even public. There used to be a catalog published with people's income and worth! It's like my phone number!

My phone number certainly isn't public information!

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