Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Saudi Religious Police Embrace Bluetooth Technology

by Turki Al-Saheil from Asharq Al-Awsat

Test launch of the "Awareness Messaging System via Bluetooth" at one of the Riyadh's large shopping centers aims to send a number of awareness messages to youths visiting the shopping center from both genders. Dr Abdullah al-Shithri, head of the Riyadh Branch, said, "We are not against Bluetooth technology. Rather, we are against the misuse of any kind of technology ... Since the introduction of Bluetooth enabled mobile phones in 2004, The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has made several attempts to curb what it considers "the negative and immoral utilization of Bluetooth technology in violation of the Islamic Shariaa." However, these attempts have failed in preventing the technology from finding its way into the hands of Saudi Arabia youths ... A study conducted in the Al-Qasim region (northeast of Riyadh) reveals that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has intercepted 500 Bluetooth messages. The study adds that 90% of these messages were sexual in nature.

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