Apple App Store / Screenshot at NPR
There is an app that allows Arab men to track women or daughters in both Apple and Google stores in Saudi Arabia.
But the huge US high tech is getting blowback from activists and human rights lawsuiters to send the application.
Create the National Information Center of the application, called Absher, which is in line with the government website as the Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia.
The description of the app in both stores says that you can safely browse your profile or family members or work on your for you, and make a wide range of eServices online. "
But, in Saudi Arabia, women's lives are limited. For example, according to Human Rights Watch, women must always be allowed from a male guardian, usually a father or husband, to leave the country. In the past, paper forms were needed before traveling.
The Absher app makes the process a lot more convenient for the men in Saudi Arabia. And it is pulling criticism, especially with human rights advocacy groups.  "It's really designed with the men in mind," says Rothna Begum, a senior human rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. "Of course, women are very worried, insulting and eradicating. Many misconduct in many cases because you're allowing men to have full control of women's movements. "
Earlier this week, Mr. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a letter to the Both companies want them to remove the app. "The men can Araibe also report Absherse to get real-time text message warnings every time these women go into or leave the country or to prevent these women from leaving the country, "he wrote.
It is not desirable that Google and @Apple make it easier to track and control women when traveling. These companies should not put these thought practices against women in Saudi Arabia. https://t.co/RDhZoTiQnP
– Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 11, 2019
Interview with NPR Monday, CEO of Apple Tim Cook about Absher was asked. "I did not hear about it," he said. "But of course, we'll look at it if that."
The NPR also made Google go, but the company did not answer.
Apple and Google both had controversies on both apps in their stores. Policies both prohibit unsuitable material at both stores, such as promotion of hatred, graphic violence, bullying and harassment. The companies have a lot of these policies, especially on how to affect small businesses.
Begum Human Rights Watch says she can see how the companies might first not have the application to be used to monitor women. "There are other services that have ordinary and normal government services," she says.
Apple and Google have different systems for browsing unsuitable apps. Begum says Google is relying on its users to inform the company of breaches. Prescreens apps Apple and Google depend on its users informing it of breaches. However, she says, every company must scrutinize government support support sites, especially when created through aggressive regimes.
"They should think about the implications of human rights … especially when it is offered by government," he says. "When assessing the right to approve the application, … suppliers should really provide the broader context or purpose of the app, how it is used in practice and whether it is facilitating misuse. "
Harmony, Absher was also helpful with a couple of women who wanted to escape from the Arab-Arab regime. Begum said that some women have secretly managed the settings in the app on the male guardian's phone so that he allows them to travel.
However, she says that Google and Apple are trying to meet against the Arab government and disable the app of the features that enable the traceability of women in their families to disable or disable them. "By saying anything," she says, "the government is allowed to facilitate the abuse."
Wyden wrote in his letter to Google and Apple: "The news of Arab monarchy is little to restrain and repress the Arabian women, but American companies should not enforce the patriarch of the Arabian government or facilitating. "