Google has declined to remove from its app store a Saudi government app which lets men track women and control where they travel, on the grounds that it meets all their terms and conditions.
Google reviewed the app — called Absher — and concluded that it does not violate any agreements, and can therefore remain on the Google Play store.
Western companies talk a lot about morals and values back home, but overseas, these very same companies drop those morals and values left, right, and centre – whether it’s Apple ignoring all its privacy chest-thumping in China, or in this specific case, Google having zero qualms about hosting and spreading an application that Saudi-Arabian ‘men’ use to opress and abuse women.
I can easily find an app to track ‘my beloved ones’, even in my own language (Dutch). It is not difficult to find apps that can be used for exactly the same purpose. Maybe saying out load what the real purpose attracts attention, but don’t forget the pay the same amount of attention to other apps that are written with exactly the same purpose in mind!
My own opinion is that you a relation should be based on trust, so those kind of apps are not needed in a good relationship. Just like I trust my wife, I also trust my children.