Billions of email and SMS text messages flow freely across borders every day but now the European Union is looking at options to make money from them.
EU is proposing to add a tax of around 1.5 cents on text or SMS messages and a 0.00001 cent levy on every email sent. European Parliament working group is already reviewing the idea.
Though the email tax rates are immaterial for the average users, it could have an impact on the bottom line of spammers who sell Viagra and fake Rolex watches.
The next big question is how will the European Union track the number of emails sent by an individual - one can have 100 different email accounts on different service providers - Will the EU ask people to register all their email addresses at one central place ?
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EU lawmakers consider taxing emails, SMS messages