Bill Bostock, INSIDER
- Saudi Arabia is reportedly axing laws which give men legal control over whether women can leave the country, after a global backlash to the government’s Absher app first revealed by INSIDER.
- A senior Saudi government source told The Wall Street Journal that women over 18 will no longer need male permission to travel, after a directive “from the top.”
- In January INSIDER reported how Absher, a Saudi government app, gave digital expression to the travel restriction laws, letting men control women’s travel via their smartphones.
- Rights groups slammed the app, and Apple and Google for hosting it on their app stores, though both companies continued to host the app.