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Technology has enormous advantages and has allowed great advances. But it is also a double-edged sword. And in certain occasions, it is a cutting edge that cuts the most obvious liberties.

Absher, is an application of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which allows Saudi users to access government services, such as applying for jobs or permits, paying fines, renewing licenses or reporting crimes. So far so good, however, also allows men to track women and control their movements. Only on Google Play has more than one million downloads.

A recent report published in Insider, described how users of this application could use it to revoke travel "privileges" (yes, women need a man's permission to travel alone), control their location and receive messages with updates on their whereabouts. Following the publication of the report, human rights groups have criticized Google and Apple for hosting the application on Google Play and AppStore.

Both companies have received letters from the US Congress, urging them to reject this app in their virtual stores. But for now, none has responded forcefully on this issue.

Although the legality of each country is an internal matter, the technological companies involved should be responsible for the tools that facilitate carry out conducts that in their countries of origin are not considered legal.

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