Google reportedly says Absher not against its T&Cs
Saudi identity app that allows tracking of female dependents is OK by Google, US congresswoman says
Google has reportedly said that Saudi Arabia's Absher app does not breach its terms and conditions.
The Absher app, from Saudi's Ministry of Interior is a general identity and authentication app, which is integrated with other government e-services, and one of its features it the ability for a male guardian to give permission for their female dependents to travel.
The app has been criticised by some campaigners in the US because they say it is used by male guardians to track female relatives and prevent them from travelling.
The BBC reports that US congresswoman Jackie Speier was told verbally by Google that the app does not breach its terms of service, although Google has not confirmed this.
The app is available for Android and iOS. In February, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it would investigate Absher, but Apple has not taken any action yet.
It is law in Saudi Arabia that a woman get permission from her guardian, usually husband, father or brother for travel outside the country and for other events like marriage. The functions were included in Absher to allow the guardian to issue permission digitally, to make it more convenient.