Egypt’s Repressive Government Could Soon Have Easy Access to Uber’s Data for the Country

CAIRO IS UBER’S ideal market: With its vast expanse of congested highways, few public transportation options, and highly subsidized fuel, Cairenes — who number nearly 20 million — spend a lot of time in cars. Uber launched in Egypt in late 2014, and in just about two years, had clocked over 4 million riders and over 150,000 drivers. But operating in Egypt means playing by the rules of an increasingly repressive government, and now, under a new law being fast-tracked through Egypt’s parliament, Egyptian authorities will soon have access to the data that Uber collects on those millions of people using its app.

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