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By MOHAMMED AL A’ALI
MPs are calling for a new law to combat untraceable pornographic broadcasts between mobile phones.
Girls are reportedly being harassed by youths misusing the Bluetooth technology now available in some mobiles.
Bluetooth can trace any similar receiver phone within 10 metres and transmit to it without dialling up the number.
These means pictures can be broadcast without leaving any trace of who sent them, said parliament’s foreign affairs, defence and national economy committee vice-chairman Abdulla Al Dossari.
He is proposing a new law to combat the misuse of such facilities, which can also operate from personal computers.
Mr Al Dossari is planning to submit the proposal next week to parliament chairman Khalifa Al Dhahrani.
Mr Al Dossari, who is also Independent Bloc spokesman, told the GDN yesterday that the wording of the proposal was being carefully studied by the bloc’s legal adviser and would be hopefully ready by tomorrow.
“I have come up with the idea after receiving several complaints from families saying that their daughters were being harassed by young men who send them pornographic material using Bluetooth,” he said.
“Others have also complained about pictures and clips of their daughters being spread through mobile phones, without any trace of their origin.
“It is hard to know who sends these picture and clip messages, since dialling up the receiver isn’t needed.
“Most cases have been reported to have happened in malls, restaurants and event at Bahrain University.” Mr Al Dossari said that he was not proposing banning Bluetooth, just regulating its use.
“Everyone acknowledges the vital role technology plays in people’s lives today, but it needs to be monitored to ensure people don’t misuse it,” he said.
“Batelco has thankfully helped trace many people who were misusing the Internet, by identifying the location of the transmission, since it is being done through a phone number.”
But he said it was hard to catch those who misuse Bluetooth, since no one knows who is sending the information, or from where.
“Bluetooth is now available amongst half of Bahrain’s population and its use has become so common,” said Mr Al Dossari.
He said he hoped the proposed law would help protect people’s privacy and combat indecency.
“A similar law has been introduced last week in Kuwait and we hope that our government will do the same,” said Mr Al Dossari.
GDN Aug 31st, 2004
Ah what fun… trying to control technology, trying to control the untraceable, and adding a veneer of religiousity to it as well. Very nice. Can we expect anything from these carpetbaggers other than what has happened in the last two sessions?
I for one can’t wait for the next elections.