• Saudi Arabia is hunting down women who flee the country by tracking the IMEI number on their cell phones

    14 days ago - By Business Insider

    Saudi Arabia is using military-grade technology to track down the cellphones of women who flee its patriarchal regime, several runaways have told INSIDER.
    Four women, all anonymous for fear of reprisal, said they were made aware of attempts to track their cellphones via their IMEI number.
    The unique ID number can pinpoint a phone virtually anywhere, but is rarely used by civilians. The US military uses IMEIs to direct drone strikes.
    The technique shows how seriously Saudi Arabia takes the escalating numbers of women fleeing its repressive, male-dominated society.
    Saudi authorities declined...
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