In Saudi Arabia there has been unsolicited monitoring of women during their travels. Word had gotten out that the women were being monitored electronically as they left the country. The women of Saudi Arabia are already some of the most oppressed and restricted in the world. With that said, in past years there has been a notification system that has been in place for women leaving the country but a male guardian would have had to specifically request the service from the country’s interior ministry. One incident that made people aware of Saudi Arabia’s unsolicited monitoring was when a couple shared a shocking experience when they both left the country together and the husband received a text message alerting him that his wife had left Saudi Arabia when the husband never registered with the interior ministry to begin receiving such notifications.
Student Researcher: Annie Lue, Ph.D. Faculty Evaluator: Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.
Agence France-Presse, Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women Raw Story, Nove. 22, 2012