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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Government plans to make PMO just a touch away and has initiated a process to create an app to digitally connect citizens and government. The government will also send the person/team that develops the application to visit headquarters of Google in US.

The Minister for Communication & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, kick started a three phased contest in New Delhi.

The contest hosted by the government`s citizen engagement platform MyGov, in association with Google, will take place over a period of three months. At the end of the ideation, wireframe development and the App development phases, the best app will be presented to the PMO. The winning team will also get to visit Google headquarters in USA.

The contest is open to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age who are registered on MyGov. An independent jury constituted by MyGov will be judging the participant at the end of each phase.

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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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