This year, the Directorate General of Public Finance (DGFIP) decided to use a pay as you go video that you must view in order to access the site and report your income.
However, it turns out that YouTube is Google’s video platform which allows the US net giant to have access to the personal data of all French taxpayers, without their choice or even asking their opinion.
This is based on Bercy’s “good will” to inform the French about this new measure of withholding tax, which many have not understood. But this video tutorial, which is well done, is broadcast by Google with trackers, who retrieve certain data for advertising purposes. The American firm can then obtain some valuable information to follow users and enrich their advertising profile.
The American giant can therefore know the sites frequented before and after the connection to the tax site, and know the purchases made on commercial sites.
In addition, “if the person is logged into a Google account, it is possible to make the connection with his identity,” said David Legrand, NextInpact site specialist, who quickly raised the problem; the search engine can then associate the collected data emails, the calendar and the complete search history of a user.
Many are wondering about the choice of YouTube to broadcast this video that we have the obligation to view to access the tax site (which in itself is already a somewhat questionable method). Indeed, as specified by the NextInpact website “the DGFiP could have used a home broadcast service, a “French Tech” service, a PeerTube instance, or even the “Advanced Privacy” mode of YouTube. This was not the case, especially since the page contains calls to the services of Google and the DoubleClick advertising network. ”
Very quickly, this case provoked controversy, and many Internet users quickly became aware of the consequences of watching and complained about it. They regret that their personal data are thus entrusted abroad, especially in a context where the scandals splashing the GAFA members (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) are appearing on a regular basis.
Unfortunately, the DGFiP is turning a deaf ear and does not really seem to take the measure of this problem, affecting the confidentiality of our data. This seems surprising for a state agency which is supposed to be at the service of its citizens.
For David Legrand, “to use YouTube for ease is to accept the policy of a private company and become dependent on the exploitation of data.”
When we know that in a few days the video has been seen more than 4.6 million times, thanks to the opening of the online reporting service, we imagine that Google had to bless the French state for this pretty gift…
Knowing the ethics of Google and others as well as how they make use of our data, there is a cause for serious concern.
We imagine that the financial income generated by the net giant through this “gift” Bercy will be used to pay the possible fine he will have to pay in the context of sanctions inflicted by the same Ministry of Finance!
Indeed, it was learned just a few weeks ago that the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Bruno Le Maire, had decided that the state would sue the digital giants Apple and Google for “abusive business practices”, believing that the penalty could amount to several million euros.
So on one hand, the Ministry of Finance attacks Google in justice for abusive practices, and on the other, it uses its YouTube platform and allows it to acquire data from millions of French taxpayers. Our politicians have no consistency.