Google and Facebook urged to remove Saudi app that tracks women

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Human Rights defenders are calling on Apple and Google to remove the Saudi government app absher which is used by men in the country to track women.In a letter addressed to the CEO of Apple Tim Cook and Google CEO sundar pichai by sen Ron of oregon ,the tech giants were urged to take down the platform and help stop the “abhorrent surveillance” and control of women.
One of the features of the Absher mobile app is for a male guardian to decide whether it’s dependent can travel abroad and the parameters surrounding the travel plans.
Under the government male guardianship law “women are not allowed to travel without permission from their male guardians”.
In his letter wyden wrote” By permitting the app in your respective stores this allows Saudi men to control their family members from the convience of using their smart phones and by restricting their movement this flies in the face of the type of community you both claim to promote and defend” he said.

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