iPhone app ‘Jewish or Not Jewish’ removed from app store

By JTA
September 15, 2011 18:38

PARIS - A made-in-France iPhone app called "Jew or Not Jew?" was removed from the French app store, its creator, Johann Levy, told JTA.

The application had been under fire for  stigmatizing Jews. French Jewish and human rights groups argued that the application, which came out in early August and allows users to guess whether public personalities are Jewish or not, violates French law forbidding the collection of personal data such as a person’s religion or ethnicity without permission from the individual.

The law was largely founded on the principle that Nazi occupiers used similar methods to round up Jews during World War II and send them to death camps.

Levy said his intentions were to show “pride” in being Jewish.


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