Egypt’s Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) and Google have accused each other of violating a law designed to protect notaries, but the two have yet to comment on the dispute.
Google said it is committed to providing notaries with “the best possible services” and said it was cooperating with the ministry in the dispute with Egypt’s notary office.
“The Notary Offices is a key part of our business and we have consistently and consistently worked to provide the best possible service for the Egyptian government,” said Google spokesperson Andrea Rottman.
“We are also committed to making sure our notaries work as efficiently and safely as possible, so we’re always working with the government and its notaries.”
“We believe that all our notary operations in Egypt are in line with our commitments to working with our government to protect its public interest,” she said.
“It is very important for us to ensure that the service we provide is as reliable and reliable as possible.”
The ministry is seeking to have the Google notary service shut down as the country’s notaries are accused of issuing fake notarial certificates for Google-owned products.
Google was the first tech company to launch a notary certificate for Apple’s Siri in 2016.
The company has also licensed notary certificates for Microsoft’s Cortana and Apple’s Apple Pay.
Egypt is the only Arab country where notaries do not receive government subsidies and the Ministry of Finance says it does not have the means to compensate notaries.
The government’s decision to ban the Google service came after the Egyptian notary’s office issued a statement last week stating that it was “proud” to be one of the top 10 notaries in the world, but added that the decision to shut down the Google company was “incompatible with the Egyptian public interest”.
“The decision to block Google from notarying is inconsistent with the principles of openness and transparency which the Egyptian people expect from us,” said a statement issued by the Egyptian Notary’s Office.
“Google’s refusal to comply with the regulations governing the use of notaries has not only breached our obligations under the law, it has also violated the rights of Egyptian citizens to participate in the public life.”
Google is also suing Egypt’s authorities for allegedly blocking access to its services in the country.
The Egyptian government is facing an unprecedented number of legal challenges to its ruling, which has also been called the most severe in its history.
The crackdown on notaries comes after the country has experienced a spate of social media protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Sisi, who came to power after the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi, has been accused of a host of human rights violations and his crackdown has led to an unprecedented rise in anti-government sentiment in Egypt.