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Apple and Google encouraged to dump the saudi app that lets men track women



BEIRUT, Lebanon – A Saudi mobile application that allows men to track and restrict women's movements in the kingdom, has been scrutinized this week with a US senator and rights group urging Apple and Google to remove it from the platforms, accusing technology giants facilitate gender discrimination.

Saudi "legislative laws" give women a legal status as to minors in many areas of their lives. Every Saudi woman, regardless of age, has a male "guardian", usually her father or husband, but sometimes her brother or son, who must give her permission to get her passport, have certain medical procedures or get married. [1

9659002] The current app, called Absher, was launched in 2015 by the Saudi government. It allows men to handle the women during the watch by giving or revoking their right to travel through airports, tracking them by their national identity card or passport. The men can turn on alerts that alert them with a text message when a woman passes through an airport under their guarding conditions.

Absher, roughly translated as "yes gentleman", can be downloaded from both the Google Play store and Apple's app store, as critics say, making the technical companies complicated in the repression of Saudi women.

Saudi Arabia has one of the world's most restrictive women's environments, although the country's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has pushed to loosen some restrictions since his father, King Salman, rose in the throne in 2015. [19659002] Since then, the kingdom has eased restrictions on women's dress, expanded the range of women's workforce fields, and began offering physical education classes for girls in public schools. Last year, Saudi Arabia lifted a long-standing ban on female drivers, a step as a major milestone.


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