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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: As a part of the Digital India initiative, Google  announced its collaboration with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services to 500 railway stations. The news came after the Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters.

416529-sundar-pichai-narendra-modiDuring a tour of the Google campus, Modi was given a presentation of Google Earth in which the Ghats of his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi were shown.

Modi participated in Hackathon, under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise Apps which could be used by the common man in India.

Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai of Indian origin had announced the search engine giant’s initiative to provide Internet services to 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.

Pointing out the fact that the length of the Indian Railways is twice the distance between Earth and Moon, Pichai noted that 25 million people ride the Indian railways daily, which has 7500 stations. He also announced that Google will launch an Android app next month enabling users to type in 11 languages.

Noticing that technology has given new power to democracy, Modi urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.

“Today, everybody spends maximum time on the Internet… even when a child asks his mother to give him milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.

Pichai acknowledged India’s hunger for technology, which was reflected in India’s response to the launch of Google Chrome browser. India was the first country to adopt it in a major way.

Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to Modi.

Modi was also given a glimpse of Project Iris- a smart lens that measures glucose levels.

As his trademark, before leaving Google, Modi had a group photo with its top officials

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GDPR Impact Makes Google And Facebook Face Over $9 bn in Fines

GDPR, designed to give individuals in the European Union (EU) more rights to control their personal information, came into effect on Friday

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GDPR Impact Makes Google And Facebook Face Over $9 bn in Fines
GDPR Impact Makes Google And Facebook Face Over $9 bn in Fines. Pixabay

Withing hours of the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect on Friday, technology giants Google and Facebook have been hit with privacy complaints that could carry fines of up to $9.3 billion in total, a media report said.

With regard to privacy, Google, Facebook and Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Instagram are forcing people to adopt a “take it or leave it” approach which essentially amounts to demanding that users submit to intrusive terms of service, according to the the Austrian privacy-advocacy group Noyb.eu, CNET reported on Friday.

“Tonnes of ‘consent boxes’ popped up online or in applications, often combined with a threat, that the service can no longer be used if user (s) do not consent,” the group was quoted as saying in a statement.

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The group is asking regulators in France, Belgium, Germany and Austria to fine the companies up to the maximum four per cent of their annual revenue that the GDPR legislation allows.

This could potentially add up to a $4.88 billion fine for Google parent company Alphabet and $1.63 billion for each of Facebook, and its Instagram and WhatsApp services, if European regulators agree with Noyb.eu and decide to fine the companies the full amount, the CNET report said.

GDPR, designed to give individuals in the European Union (EU) more rights to control their personal information, came into effect on Friday.

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Seen as a measure to by European leaders to control the powers of technology companies, GDPR violations can cost companies either 20 million Euros or four per cent of annual turnover.

As a result of the regulation, several US news outlets blocked Europeans on Friday, the report said. (IANS)

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