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An Egyptian technical expert has declared that the Jewish-owned Uber Taxi Service poses a very serious threat to Egypt's national security, claiming that information it will collect on Egyptians might serve Israeli intelligence services.
Sameh Abou Arayes, the President of the Arab Society of Technical Analysts, wrote on Sunday a post on his Facebook page, in which he called Uber "the first espionage network in Egypt."
The post read: "Uber Company, which is owned by Jews, and other similar foreign companies, pose a threat to Egypt's national security. It is not only the fact that 20% of the money you pay to these company are dollars that flow out from Egypt and go to Jews – what poses greater danger is that they collect information on your movements, your name and your family and save them in their records. It might make it easier for Zionist espionage networks to operate in Egypt."
"Let's establish national Egyptian companies under state inspection instead of handing the Zionists our details about ourselves and our movements and giving them our money," he said of the the transportation platform that was founded by American entrepreneur Travis Kalanick, whose mother is Jewish.
Uber started operating in Egypt several weeks ago and it is already arousing anger among taxi drivers in Cairo who helplessly watch their competitors become the most popular taxi service in Cairo.
On Wednesday, a massive demonstration of taxi drivers took place in Cairo, demanding that the Egyptian government push Uber out of Egypt.