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Google Slammed With a Civil Case From Russia

The legislation, if it goes ahead, would hit global tech giants such as Facebook and Google.

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A Google logo is seen at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California, VOA

Russia has launched a civil case against Google, accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, the country’s communications watchdog said on Monday.

If found guilty, the U.S. internet giant could be fined up to 700,000 rubles ($10,450), the watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said.

It said Google had not joined a state registry that lists banned websites that Moscow believes contain illegal information and was therefore in breach of the law.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a news conference in New Delhi. VOA

A final decision in the case will be made in December, the watchdog said. Google declined to comment.

Over the past five years, Russia has introduced tougher internet laws that require search engines to delete some search results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services, and social networks to store Russian users’ personal data on servers within the country.

At the moment, the only tools Russia has to enforce its data rules are fines that typically only come to a few thousand dollars, or blocking the offending online services, which is an option fraught with technical difficulties.

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company’s offices in Toronto. VOA

Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday that Russia planned to impose stiffer fines on technology firms that fail to comply with Russian laws.

The plans for harsher fines are contained in a consultation document prepared by the administration of President Vladimir Putin and sent to industry players for feedback.

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The legislation, if it goes ahead, would hit global tech giants such as Facebook and Google, which – if found to have breached rules – could face fines equal to 1 percent of their annual revenue in Russia, according to the sources. (VOA)

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Coronavirus Outbreak May Hit Smartphone Components Supply To India Till Q2

Smartphone sales in China may see a 30 per cent drop during the lockdown period which is likely to last through the end of March

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According to Counterpoint's projections, global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year will also go down seven per cent compared to the same period last year. Wikimedia Commons

The coronavirus outbreak may hit supplies of smartphone components from China to other countries including India at least till the second quarter of this year, suggests a new report.

While smartphone manufacturing has picked up in India over the past few years, the country is still dependent on China to a large extent for supplies of components.

“There will be impact to new devices to be launched in the first half which have facilities in China, as factories will not function properly. Components sourced from China will also be impacted as all factories will resume operation slowly and cautiously,” said Peter Richardson, Research Director, Counterpoint Research.

This will range from displays from BOE Technology, China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT) and semiconductors from YMTC and further on.

“So the negative impact from the supply chain side will last until end of Q2 minimum,” Richardson said.

“Overall we think Q1 and Q2 will show negative growth both globally and in PRC (China) before rebounding,” Richardson said.

According to Counterpoint’s projections, global smartphone sales in the first quarter of this year will also go down seven per cent compared to the same period last year.

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The coronavirus outbreak may hit supplies of smartphone components from China to other countries including India at least till the second quarter of this year, suggests a new report. VOA

“This is our base case scenario. The downside risks are increasing daily and we will likely revisit this forecast based on emerging information over the next days and weeks,” Richardson said.

Smartphone sales in China may see a 30 per cent drop during the lockdown period which is likely to last through the end of March.

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“Some offline retailers are saying they have experienced a 50 per cent drop in sales during the late January period. However there is some sales offset by an increase in online sales,” Richardson said. (IANS)