Sep 18 2011
APPLE iPhone was quick to reject the ‘iSLAM MUHAMMAD’ app because it quoted disturbing passages from the Qur’an which Apple says would offend a large segment of the population – Muslims. But will it remove an app already being sold called ‘A JEW OR NOT A JEW?’
MSNBC (H/T Susan K) A French anti-racism group has threatened to sue Apple over an iPhone application called “A Jew or Not a Jew?” that allows users to consult a database of celebrities and public figures to determine whether they are Jewish or not.
SOS Racisme said the application, sold for $1.07 on the Apple Store France, violates France’s strict
laws banning the compiling of people’s personal details without their consent. Under the French penal code, stocking personal details including race, sexuality, political leanings or religious affiliation is punishable by five-year prison sentences and fines of up to $411,870.
Such laws were enacted in the decades following the Holocaust, which saw some 76,000 Jews deported from Nazi-occupied France to concentration camps. Fewer than 3,000 returned alive.
In a statement, SOS Racisme called on Apple to remove the app the from its online store and be more vigilant about the applications it sells.
Apple France and its European headquarters did not immediately return several calls for comment.