Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt, so, according to the reports, the country’s police uses popular gay dating app to find, catch and arrest gay men. CairoScene reports that authorities have used apps to arrest and detain members of the LGBT community.
The magazine quotes an anonymous source saying: “There have been a number of arrests in the last few months linked to these applications.” According to this source, the police have used Grindr and triangulation, to pinpoint users within a few hundreds square meters. Then, along with the photo on their profile, police identified the users.
“It is possible to tell a user’s position within a few hundred meters,” the source said.
“It baffles me how easily people are willing to share such personal information in a country like Egypt – it is beyond stupid,” added the source. “I would advise anyone to be careful when dating online.” This is not the first time members of Egypt’s LGBT community have reported the use of dating apps by authorities to track people down.