A US Senator has demanded that Apple and Google remove a Saudi Arabian government app that allows men ‘abhorrent’ control over women’s lives
UN Senator Ron Wyden has written to Apple and Google demanding they remove a controversial Saudi government app from their app stores.
Wyden told Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai that the app enables “abhorrent surveillance and control of women.”
INSIDER reported extensively how Absher, an online service, lets men control where women travel, and offers alerts when they use their passports to leave the country.
The app version has been downloaded more than one million times, and has been condemned by human rights activists.
Neither Apple nor Google has responded to INSIDER’s requests for comment.
Scroll down to read Wyden’s letter in full.
A US Senator has written to Apple and Google’s CEOs to demand that they “immediately remove” a Saudi government app from their app stores which allows men to monitor and control the movements of women.
On Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon wrote to Tim Cook and Sundar Pichai, and said hosting the app, called Absher, “flies in the face of the type of society you both claim to support and defend.”
He said “American companies should not enable or facilitate the Saudi government’s patriarchy,” and called the Saudi system of control over women “abhorrent.”
Wyden was responding two reports by INSIDER on Absher.
The first explained how the app works, and how some women in Saudi Arabia are managing to get around it to claim asylum in other nations.
The second highlighted criticism of Apple and Google by human rights campaigners for hosting the app.
Here is the full text of the letter
Dear Mr. Cook and Mr. Pichai:
I write to ask that you immediately remove from your app stores the Saudi government’s Absher app, which enables Saudi men to track and control the movements of Saudi women.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior’s National Information Center operates Absher, an online e-portal through …read more
Source:: Business Insider