the App Absher has been criticised by human rights organisations and politicians in several countries, in practice, it is easier for men to limit saudi women's freedom of movement. Through the app, they can manage their travel authorization and get the text message if and when their passport is used.
it has been suggested that they provide the app free of charge in their respective appbutiker.
saudi Arabia believes, on the contrary, the app facilitates "all members of society. . . including women, old people and people with special needs", according to a statement from the ministry of the interior.
all women under a male relative's guardianship, and they must have his permission to renew the travel documents or leave the country.
The saudi authorities dismiss criticism as an "attempt to politicize" the app.