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Saudi female PC users face privacy intrusion by men

Sigh. Despite all the attempts by the American Taliban to roll back the clock on women’s rights, you have to be thankful that you aren’t a gal in Saudi Arabia. When you read this, it just makes you ill. (AFP):

Saudi female users of personal computers are facing the danger of privacy intrusion by men due to the lack of maintenance shops run by women in the conservative kingdom.

Amina, who had desposited her computer for repairs in a shop in Riyadh, was “shocked to receive a phone call from the shop owner asking her about the identity of some women appearing in photos saved on the hard disk,” the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper said Saturday.

He told her that she should save her photos somewhere else “because they are tempting,” the paper said, adding that “he offered her a booklet of Islamic fatwas (religious edicts) as a present when she collected her PC.”

…It is apparently difficult to open computer maintenance shops operated by women in Saudi Arabia as the expertise is not available, Omar Salah, a computer engineer, told the paper. “Computer science is not available for women in (local) universities,” he added.

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