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NGOs demand that Apple and Google take action against an app that tracks women

If you have a store, somehow you are also responsible for what is sold in it even more when you put in place strict rules involving privacy, prejudice and discrimination of race, gender and so on. Not surprisingly, then, that Apple and Google are being accused of ?supporting the apartheid "by allowing an app created by the government of Saudi Arabia to be offered on the App Store and Google Play.


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The application Absherin fact, it gives access to several services offered by the local government. There you can do something as simple as paying traffic fines, for example. The problem is that, under Saudi law, women do not have the same rights as men and need a guardian (a male person) who can exercise control over different aspects of their lives.

In this way, men can basically control everything related to women's travel (where they can go, how long they can travel, which airports can be used, etc.). The tutor can even cancel the permission for the woman to travel all through the app. In addition, it is possible to monitor the displacements during a trip, receiving text messages informing when the woman's passport is used.

Although the country has been offering this type of service for some time, the ease of carrying out such tasks through an app has gained the attention of the nongovernmental organizations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, who expressed concern about the decision by Apple and Google to release the distribution of such an app (which basically discriminates against women).

"Apple and Google have rules against apps that facilitate threats and harassment," said Rothna Begum, a researcher at Human Rights Watch. ?Apps like this can facilitate human rights abuses, including discrimination against women. () The government could simply remove the tracking functionality from the application's tutelage and continue to offer the rest of the functionality. ?

Dana Ahmed, a researcher at Amnesty International, asked Apple and Google to assess ?the risk of human rights violations? and mitigate ?the harm that these apps can have on women?. For her, "this other example of how the government of Saudi Arabia has produced tools to limit women's freedoms".

Apple and Google have yet to comment on the case.

via AppleInsider

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