Governments worldwide are concerned with the spread of so-called fake news online, Photo: freepik Last week, Google has been accused of manipulating users to track their activities in the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden. AFP reported that seven European consumer groups filed complaints against Google with national regulators, accusing it of covertly tracking users’ movements in violation of EU data protection regulations. The complaints stated that Google used “deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked.” Council official Gro Mette Moen charged, “Google uses extremely detailed and comprehensive personal data without an appropriate judicial basis, and the data is acquired by means of manipulative techniques.” Social media contains risks Over the last years, the emergence of the Internet and social media has brought about quite the information … [Read more...] about Taxing times for the internet icons
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VietNamNet Bridge - "Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has quickly solved some practical problems and tried to shake the government apparatus. He started by promoting the settlement of the case related to the Xin Chao café in HCM City. That action showed the head of the Government’s attention to the fate of each individual and each small business and it is also a warning for abuse of power,” said senior economic expert Pham Chi Lan. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has been in office for 8 months and his actions have captured the attention of both the mainstream press and social networks. For an assessment of the PM’s acts and the challenges posed for him and his government in this term, VietNamNet talked to Ms. Pham Chi Lan, an independent economic expert and a member of the advisory group of former PM Nguyen Tan Dung. One of the first things that Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc did was have a dialogue with businesses. That action showed that he … [Read more...] about “Prime Minister trying to shake government apparatus”
VietNamNet Bridge - Before leaving Vietnam, the “Kong: Skull Island” crew has to pay taxes to the Vietnamese government, said Mr. Tran Nhat Hoang, Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Leading actress Brie Larson of “Kong: Skull Island” at a food store in Ha Long. Photo: Brie Larson instagram. Hoang told Dan Tri online newspaper that the film crew finished their job in Vietnam on March 18, after shooting the last scenes in the area of Cong La - Ba Hang in Halong Bay, Quang Ninh Province and Tung Gau and Cat Ba in Hai Phong City. Many people questioned why the “Kong: Skull Island” crew had not announced they would film at the island of Cat Ba in Hai Phong port city. Hoang said the crew had made surveys in Cat Ba, and named Cat Ba on the list of working places in Vietnam. However, as Cat Ba is very near Ha Long Bay and similar in geography so the crew considered Cat Ba and … [Read more...] about “Kong: Skull Island” crew has to pay taxes to Vietnam
Reviving the Vietnamese Real Estate Market in 2013 On the occasion of the new year 2013, the Vietnam Business Forum had a talk with Mr Phan Thanh Mai, General Secretary of the Vietnam Real Estate Association, around this issue. Anh Son reports. How would you describe the situation of the real estate market in Vietnam in 2012? To talk about the state of the real estate market in Vietnam in 2012, we can fully use the word: severe. Why do I say that? Firstly, the current confidence of consumers – the market participants – seriously declines and real estate businesses are, at the same time, facing many difficulties such as large inventories (finished products, under-building construction, unfinished projects not sold), while enterprises do not have the resources to recover, and thus face the risk of losing liquidity and entering bankruptcy when revenue declines past the point of offsetting the costs and expenses to maintain operations. Secondly, input costs are too high, … [Read more...] about Reviving the Vietnamese Real Estate Market in 2013
Last week, Viet Nam News asked readers whether they think the country should continue allowing imported cars and motorbikes to enter the country as expatriate assets. Currently, every expatriate bringing a car back to the country is exempt from both import tax and the VAT. Here are some responses. Andrew Burden, Canadian, Ha Noi As long as a Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese)-imported car can pass a roadworthy safety test, I see no reason why it should not be imported, providing the owner can demonstrate legal ownership. As Viet Nam continues growing its economy with foreign direct investment and encourages tourism via Southeast Asian visa integration, why not bring more hard currency and cold-hard steel in the form of consumer goods? Tax the car, register the car and insure the car. The return of overseas Vietnamese brings in a whole new set of concerns and potential conflict. You need to be careful not to swamp the local market, but if richer, more independent and successful … [Read more...] about Should imported vehicles remain tax free for expats?