Women who flee the repressive, male-dominated society of Saudi Arabia expect to be tracked. They also expect their friends and families to be interrogated, and their social media accounts monitored or frozen. But according to Business Insider, they rarely expect government agents to go rooting around for the box their iPhone came in. According to Business Insider, Saudi Arabia is using military-grade technology to track down the cellphones of women who flee its patriarchal regime. Four women said they were made aware of attempts to track their cellphones via their IMEI number. That unique ID number can pinpoint a phone virtually anywhere, but is rarely used by civilians. The US military, for example, uses IMEIs to direct drone strikes.

https://www.businessinsider.com/saudi-arabia-imei-track-runaways-2019-5

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