French telecom firm fined for 'dirty Arab' password

29th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Orange was fined EUR 8,000 for giving out teh password "salearabe" which translates to dirty Arab.

Bordeaux – The French telecom group Orange was fined Thursday for giving the phrase "salearabe" ("dirtyarab" in English) to a customer as an internet connection password.

Mohamed Zaidi, a garage owner in this southwestern city, was sent a letter containing the password in December 2007 after he complained to the firm that he was having problems connecting to the internet.

He immediately complained to the police and an inquiry was opened.

The telecom operator Orange was fined EUR 500 and ordered to pay EUR 8,000 (USD 11,000) in expenses.

AFP / Expatica

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