Google Refused To Remove Controversial Woman “Tracking” App


Google, siding with Saudi Arabia, refuses to remove the widely-criticized government app which lets men track women and control their travel.

Google has declined to remove the Absher app from its app store which is a Saudi government app that allows men to track women and control where they travel, on the grounds that it meets all their terms and conditions.

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Absher is an app available via Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The app has many features such as paying parking fines, registering a birth, or renewing a driving license. But one feature has led to an outcry from human rights campaigners – the ability for men to track and either permit or deny traveling plans made by women.

On February 21, 14 representatives from Congress wrote to both Google and Apple demanding removal of the app, alleging that “women fleeing persecution in Saudi Arabia had to defeat this application to leave the country and seek asylum.” The letter gave a deadline of February 28 to respond.

According to Business Insider, Google has now confirmed to Rep. Jackie Speier that they will not be removing the app from their Play Store, while Apple have yet to answer beyond stating that they are ‘investigating’. Google said that the app “does not violate any agreements and can therefore remain on the Google Play store.”

Under Saudi Arabia’s Sharia laws, women aren’t allowed out in public without a male guardian present, and the app works as an extension of this. Men who register their wives and children as ‘dependents’ within the Absher app can receive text message alerts when such dependents attempt to use a passport or ID card to travel. These ‘guardians’ can even set details permissions to allow single journeys, multiple journeys or none at all. More

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Sharia laws, aren’t they great? Google supports women being treated as property. Where are the SJWs of Google now? Why aren’t they quitting in defiance? Writing letters to the CEO?! This is oppression. Plain and simple. 

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