Tag Archives: fine
Freedom of religion versus freedom from religion — that’s the ongoing debate in France now, as a law banning Muslim burqas — or, veiled face coverings — goes into effect Monday.
France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim population. Only around 2,000 women wear the veils–not many considering there’s an estimated four to six million Muslims in France. Neighboring countries also sometimes see the practice as a form of radical Islam. (Video: NBC)
Burqas and niqabs will be banned in public places, like restaurants, schools, and public transportation. So, how will France enforce such a ban? The Telegraph reports — it won’t be by handcuffs:
“Under the new law, women who wear face-covering Muslim veils… face being fined £125 or ordered to follow citizenship classes, or both… Husbands and fathers who force such veils on women and girls risk a year of prison and a £25,000 fine, with both penalties doubled if the victim is a minor.”
The fine, £125, calculates to just over $200 US. And £25,000 — nearly $41,000!
France is a secular country — insistent upon separation of church and state since the early 1900s. Leading up to Monday’s ban, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party held a debate on secularism. But all this has media outlets wondering if it’s just a political ploy?
“The enactment of the law and the opening of the secularism debate come a year before French presidential elections, with a survey… showing late last month that Sarkozy doesn’t have enough support to make it through to the second round of the vote.”
The BBC says, maybe — but there COULD BE a real problem with immigrant assimilation into French society:
“Some politicians see it is a vote winner – and that may be true. But as Muslims become more visible, there is a concern that some of them are pushing separate identities. And that could lead to parallel, rather than integrated communities.”
American media — used to the idea of freedom of… well, everything — has struggled to report this story without bias. But in an Op-Ed for the Los Angeles Times, one writer explains how to look at this issue from both sides:
“We may not like their choice. We may find it disturbing and offensive. But it is, in its way, as much a form of free expression as cartoons of Mohammad, which these women, in turn, will find disturbing and offensive. And that’s the deal in a free society: The bur[q]a wearer has to put up with the cartoons; the cartoonist has to put up with the bur[q]as.”
In addition to the ban, the French Interior Minister Claude Guéant says the government wants to reduce the number of immigrants allowed to enter the country legally — for either work, or family reasons.
Simplify the legal print – it’s what Facebook users want and what the social media site is looking to deliver.
The new privacy info page is more visually appealing – the text is larger and simplified for people of all reading levels. But the fine print did not change. So, will users still go for it? (Image Source: Facebook)
A tech blogger for MSNBC says Facebook makes everything much easier to understand.
“Seriously, at a glance, this seems entirely for the better. Take, for instance, the segment titled “How advertising works.” Not only does it explain that personalized ads can be delivered to you based on your location, age and interests, but it actually shows the tool used by advertisers to set their targeting preference — and even lets you try it out.”
And the policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California tells The Wall Street Journal more companies should be doing this.
“It is very good for companies to actually be making privacy policies easier to understand — but users should be looking for privacy policies that are not only readable, but actually protect their privacy.”
“[Scammers] might be able to impersonate you if they had your phone number … They’re saying, ‘Please give us your phone number,’ but they’re not telling you whether they’ll share it or whether they’ll sell it or use [it] for malicious purposes. In fact, you don’t know who you’re dealing with.”
But the American Morning crew on CNN has a simple answer – don’t post personal info – period.
ALI VELSHI: “The key point–you do have to opt in.”
STEPHANIE ELAM: “You do have to opt in.”
VELSHI: “Okay, so stop blaming Facebook for you putting your information on a free service and then getting all mad that they use it.”
ELAM: “And I do see people who put their home address on there.”
VELSHI: “Yeah, I don’t know why anyone would do that.”
ELAM: “I’m like, take that off. Or my cell phone number, I wouldn’t do that either.”
So, do you think users will like what they see on Facebook’s new privacy page – or is it the same invasion of privacy with a facelift?