Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

17 May, '05

Khalifa Al-Dhahrani is at it again, this time wanting to not only control technology, but giving out 5 years prison sentances and thousands of dinars fines for something that cannot be traced.

Yes, I’m talking about Bluetoothed mobile phones again.

Bluetooth Clamp

Bluetooth violators could face up to five years in jail according to proposals submitted to Parliament by its chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani.
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and in this Arabic report from Akhbar Al-Khaleej, the actual text of the proposed law is given:

تقدم رئيس مجلس النواب السيد خليفة الظهراني إلى مجلس النواب باقتراح بقانون بتعديل المادة رقم (370) من قانون العقوبات وفقا لحكمي المادة (92) من الدستور والمادة (93) من اللائحة الداخلية لمجلس النواب.

المادة (370) قبل التعديل: (يعاقب بالحبس مدة لا تزيد على ستة اشهر وبالغرامة التي لا تجاوز خمسين دينارا او بإحدى هاتين العقوبتين من نشر بإحدى طرق العلانية اخبارا او صورا او تعليقات تتصل بأسرار الحياة الخاصة او العائلية للافراد ولو كانت صحيحة إذا كان من شأن نشرها الإساءة إليهم).

بعد التعديل: (يعاقب بالحبس مدة لا تزيد على ستة اشهر وبالغرامة التي لا تجاوز خمسين دينارا او بإحدى هاتين العقوبتين من نشر بإحدى طرق العلانية اخبارا وصورا او تعليقات تتصل بأسرار الحياة الخاصة او العائلية للأفراد ولو كانت صحيحة إذا كان من شأن نشرها الإساءة إليهم. ويعاقب كل من يستخدم هاتفا محمولا مزودا بكاميرا وقام بتصوير شخص دون علمه او رضاه بالحبس مدة لا تقل عن ستة اشهر او غرامة ألف دينار إذا كان من شأن هذا التصوير الإساءة إلى الغير او المساس بالآداب العامة. وتكون العقوبة بالسجن لمدة سنتين او غرامة الفين دينار، لكل من يتداول او يوزع باستخدام خاصية البلوتوث صورا او لقطات تمس الحياة الخاصة بالغير او تخل الآداب العامة. وتعد حيازة هذه الصور او لقطات الفيديو قرينة على تداولها او توزيعها. وتكون العقوبة السجن لمدة خمس سنوات لكل من يقوم باستخدام خاصية البلوتوث في الابتزاز او التحريض على الفسق والفجور).

وذكرت المذكرة الإيضاحية انه لوحظ في الآونة الأخيرة قيام بعض الافراد باستخدام الهواتف المحمولة المزودة بكاميرا او المزودة بخاصية البلوتوث باستخدامها استخدامات من شأنها تعريض المجتمع للخطر. وذلك من خلال القيام بتصوير الاشخاص من دون علمهم او من دون رضاهم وتداول هذه الصور او لقطات الفيديو من خلال خاصية البلوتوث. او تداول الصور ومقاطع الفيديو التي يحصل عليها من الغير من دون ان يكون هو الذي صورها. وذلك إذا كان من شأن هذه الصور الإساءة إلى الغير او كانت مخلة بالآداب العامة. وتمكن خطورة خاصية البلوتوث في انها تتيح للأفراد تداول الرسائل المكتوبة والمصورة والمسموعة من دون تحديد المصدر الذي تأتي منه، اي ان اي شخص يستطيع ان يرسل ما يشاء من الرسائل بأنواعها من دون ان ينكشف رقم هاتفه او اسمه او اي شيء يدل على مصدر هذه الرسائل.
Akhbar Al-Khaleej

I’ve written about this before of course when it first surfaced, but it seems that our parliament has become immune to the smell of brain farts.

I pose the question again. If you, your daughter, son, wife, husband doesn’t want the Bluetooth feature, why not just switch that feature off? Is that too difficult to comprehend? Or has proposing yet more useless laws has become a hobby, especially with the Oct 2006 elections looming closer?

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  1. KhalidSaad says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    He’s just provin again how ignorant he is and that he doesn’t deserve the position he holds nor do most of the useless memebers we have. As Mahmood said, switch it off dummy, what 5 years in jail. When it comes to stupidity and wasting time, these guys excel and should get a nobel prize.

    [Modified by: Khalid (KhalidSaad) on May 17, 2005 05:07 PM]

  2. anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    Sorry, but this will not happen , let alone not work in a practical sense!

    i’m a staff member at Bahrain’s largest mobile online community with over 10,000 members and about 6,000 [bahrain users] or so of them mainly logging on from high schools, universities and offices within the country via their mobile devices. Some of the most requested apps are for bluetooth, ranging from chat to educational programs like a quiz generator and everyone else participates in, etc. According to recent surveys we’ve conducted the general opinion amongst teenagers was that they’d rather swtich off their BT devices when they’re not using them than have viruses, rude pics, etc. being sent to them.

    And I really doubt that even if bluetooth was outlawed people will stop using it, sorry you can’t stop the spread and growth of technology, you can try your best at controling it but that would be like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon.

    Oh and did i mention this will [b]hurt[/b] Bahrain’s efforts at trying to woo foreign investors into the country?

    Seriously, think about it! This is scaring away prospective foreign investors from Finland, China & Sweden, For example, sourced from Ericsson have been quoted as saying that they were interested in positioning another wireless development center in Bahrain. Ericsson already have signed a partnership agreement with Wataniya Telecom in Kuwait [months ago] where they’ve already implemented and launched a wireless application and content development center in the ME region. I’m pretty sure they’ve already been looking at plans to open up more across the ME, Ericsson is already in negotiations with an operator in opening another wireless content development center in Dubai.

    Now what about Bahrain, given all this news about bluetooth violations proposals, etc, etc. do you really think they’d risk investing in Bahrain, even if they were probably thinking about it?

    -Strav.

  3. anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    In Washington State, we have the “Escalator Law”, if you happen to view a persons undergarments(without there consent) it’s a crime. Fair enough law, until their is a shopping mall full of girls wearing short skirts standing in front of you on the up escalator. Maybe they should pass a law making it illegal for girls to use stairs or escalotors unless their skirts are ankle length.

    Even in places where there isn’t a Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, dumb, enforceable laws get passed.

  4. kategirl says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    Here’s the thing though. As far as I know, there are already laws against the distribution of pornography, so why do we need special laws for bluetooth?

  5. anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    Chanad,

    Similar thing here with what one would THINK is at least implied in one law but some jackass at the State House got a literal DUPLICATE law passed. Example… You must be 18 to purchase Tobacco products in Taxachusetts err Massachusetts. This is and was the law. Ergo if you must be 18 to purchase said products why did we need another law passed REQUIRING store clerks to ask for ID?? Hello? Anyone HOME? So brainfarts happen EVERYWHERE elected officials gather. The LESS YOU PAY them and THE LEAST time you allow them to gather, the SAFER and RICHER all of us will be. Here, there or ANYWHERE.

  6. Bahrainiac says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    Anyone have MP Dhahrani’s mobile #? I have an interesting “file” to send to him via Bluetooth.

    Seriously now folks… Has anyone “sniffed” around the Parliment building with a Bluetooth enabled PCMICA card(better range) and a laptop?? I’d be curious who has it enabled and who doesn’t.

  7. anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    I don’t know exactly when, but some time in the past few weeks, I blogged an item about a supposed fad called “toothing.” It turned out that this fairytale was a prank started by a bunch of kids who claimed that Brits were linking up with other Brits via bluetooth (I believe) in order to have annonymous sex. The kids who started this urban myth (contemporary fairytale) finally confessed to it as a prank. It looks like this Bahraini official believed the prank. Maybe if you do a google query on “toothing,” you can retrieve it. And then you can show him that it was just a prank which was a complete fantasy.

    –button

  8. anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t switching the damned thing off be easier?

    The idiots in parliament are at it again. Instead of trying to do something useful they waste our time on trying to restrict us even further. Instead of looking at the real issues in Bahrain they waste our chance at democracy with their idiotic debates and stupid suggestions. They are hopeless.

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