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Apple, Google Criticized For Carrying App That Lets Saudi Men Track Their Wives

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The app, Absher, doesn’t directly state that it allows the user to track another’s location. In fact, the description remains vague; it says, “…you can safely browse your profile or your family members, or labors working for you, and perform a wide range of eServices online."

Even the reviews don’t describe much. But one sticks out. In the review, the user simply says, “Look to your own privacy issues, we will handle our own.”

The app, designed by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior, enables users to complete a range of government services. But human watch groups argue that it has a more nefarious purpose beyond expediting passport applications. And now, they’re arguing that companies like Apple and Google should be held responsible.

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