Apple Withdraws App in France

Amid pressure from French social activists, Apple Inc. has removed from its French online store an application called “Jew or Not Jew” that says it allows users to identify whether a politician or celebrity is Jewish.

Several social and Jewish groups had urged Apple to withdraw the application, saying it breaches French laws that ban disclosing people’s religion without their consent as well as compiling data about people’s religions. Groups that objected to the app included a council representing French Jewish institutions known as Crif, France’s Jewish student union, and an anti-racism group called SOS Racisme.

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