Google refused to remove from Google Play Saudi Absher app that allows men to monitor the movements of women. Reported by Business Insider.
Company employees tested the service and said that he can remain available to users because it does not violate anyone’s rights.
Originally Absher was being used by the Ministry of interior of Saudi Arabia as a resource for gathering and processing data about the population. In addition, Absher allows citizens to obtain a passport or register their vehicle. However, with the application men began to control and limit the travel of their relatives.
In February, U.S. Senator Ron Weiden asked Apple and Google to “immediately stop” the promotion of the service on their platforms. According to human rights activists, the app helps “Patriarchal care” and discrimination against women in the state.
At that time, according to the Google Play store, Absher has been installed on devices more than a million times.
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