‘Stop stalling’: Pressure mounts on Apple and Google to end investigations and take action over Saudi app that monitors and controls women – Business Insider

‘Stop stalling’: Pressure mounts on Apple and Google to end investigations and take action over Saudi app that monitors and controls women – Business Insider

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Politicians and activists are piling pressure on Apple and Google to finish their investigations and start explaining why they are using their app store to host a widely-criticized Saudi government app which is used to monitor and control women. INSIDER was first to report at length how Absher — an all-purpose app Saudis use to interact with authorities — can be used to grant and rescind travel permission for women, and to set up SMS alerts to track when women use their passports. Earlier this month Google promised to review Absher to determine whether it is in line with its policies, shortly after Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to "take a look" at the app. Neither company has mentioned their investigations since. US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, who previously slammed the tech giants in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, told INSIDER on Tuesday: "Apple and Google need to stop stalling and make a choice." "Will they continue to abet an authoritarian government's control and abuse of women? Or will they put values over profits and remove this app from their platforms?" US Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon criticized the Absher app, and ....


On this form guardians can say where women can go, how long for, and which airports they can go to. Absher "Twenty first century innovations should not perpetuate sixteenth century tyranny, " the 14 members of Congress wrote. "Keeping this application in your stores allows your companies and your American employees to be accomplices in the oppression of Saudi Arabian women and migrant workers, " they added. Read more: Saudi Arabia tried to justify its app that lets men control where women travel amid a firestorm of criticism Apple and Google have not responded to repeated requests for comment from INSIDER.. .

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