Last week, we commented that some non-governmental organizations charged Apple It's from Google an attitude about the Absheris an Saudi Arabian government app that allows you to track and set a number of other permissions / restrictions for Saudi women.
After days of silence from both companies on the subject, Apple CEO, Tim cook, was asked about the polemic during an interview for the NPR, in which he said he was not aware of the case but that Apple would obviously look into the matter.
In addition to the big repercussion in the media, US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon sent a letter to Cook and the CEO of Google, Sundar pichaiby asking them to remove the app from their respective app stores.
In the letter, Wyden stated that it is no news that the Saudi monarchy "tries to restrict and repress women, but American companies should not allow or facilitate the patriarchy of this government."
By enabling the app in their respective stores, their companies are making it easier for Saudi men to control their family members from the convenience of their smartphones and restrict their movements. This goes against the kind of society that both claim to support and defend.
While the senator advocated removing the software from Apple and Google's app stores, human rights NGOs requested that these companies evaluate only the tracking feature, as the same app also offers some other features such as paying penalties. parking, etc.
According to Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry, Absher's platforms (which offer services to individuals and businesses) have over 11 million users. The original report, released by the Insider, reported that this tracking system has been in existence for years but has only recently reverberated after the story of the Saudi refugee story Rahaf Mohammed, 18 years old.
via AppleInsider, 9to5Mac
Update 02/14/2019 13:45
After Apple confirms that reviewing the controversial Saudi application, Google also joined Cupertino's giant and vowed to investigate whether the "spying" (or rather, restrictive) features of Absher's platform women violate its policies, as one door reported. company's voice for the The New York Times.
We now have to wait for companies to hear about Saudi government software and what action will be taken if these policies are violated.
via Cult of Mac