Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 June 2019

Karl Lagerfeld had an impact on five decades of fashion

Our readers weigh in on online data, fashion and Shamima Begum

Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a painting of his cat, Choupette. AFP
Karl Lagerfeld poses next to a painting of his cat, Choupette. AFP

I write to you in reference to Emma Day‘s article Celebrity tributes flow for Karl Lagerfeld: from Victoria Beckham to Donatella Versace (February 20): the German-born artist had a positive impact on the evolution of fashion for more than five decades. I am glad that so many celebrities paid tribute to this departed legend. May his soul rest in peace.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Online data should be protected like valuables

I refer to Alkesh Sharma’s article Confidential data theft becoming a major threat (February 21). I believe that online data requires as much protection from would-be thieves as physical valuables.

However, people are still not taking the necessary precautions to secure their sensitive data. In order to protect it, users should ensure that their online passwords are strong and avoid connecting to public wifi if possible.

Laura Tyrell, New York

Shamima Begum should have been returned and tried

I refer to Taylor Heyman’s article ISIS teen ‘a bit shocked’ after UK revokes her citizenship (February 21): Shamima Begum should have been brought back to the UK to be interrogated and tried. The UK should have gathered intelligence from her about ISIS and then put her behind bars for treason.

Talk about stripping ISIS returnees of their citizenship is a mere distraction from Britain’s biggest problem: Brexit.

If this procedure becomes common practice it will only become a way of discriminating against dual nationals and people from different ethnic backgrounds. In the long run, this will open the door to the worst excesses of right-wing politicians.

Farida Sadiq, Dubai

Misguided and brainwashed youngsters such as Ms Begum need understanding to bring them back into the mainstream and could be used as antidotes against the poison of terrorism.

Downright rejection of this kind will generate even more hostility, which could be counterproductive. This whole case needs a fair evaluation.

Name withheld by request

Updated: February 23, 2019 08:01 PM

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