Thursday, September 15, 2011

Apple Removes "Jew or Not Jew App" (but only in France)

Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) has dropped a mobile phone application called 'Jewish or nor Jewish' from its stores in France.

SOS Racisme, the French-based anti-racism organization, said the app violated French laws since the compilation of personal data –including one's religion is not allowed in the absence of a person's consent. In the aftermath of World War II, France enacted laws against such data collection –with a possible punishment of up to five years in prison.

The app's developer, Johann Levy, who is himself Jewish, told media that app is "recreational" and that there is nothing wrong with it.

"I'm not a spokesman for all Jews, but as a Jew myself, I know that in our community we often ask whether such and such celebrity is Jewish or not," Levy told the Le Parisien newspaper on Wednesday. 

"For me, there's nothing pejorative about saying that someone is Jewish or not. On the contrary, it's about being proud." Levy reported complied personal data on 3500 people by using various online sources.

The app remains available outside of France.

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