15% of Ukrainian drivers use Russian navigation apps

28 November 2022, 11:05 PM
Up to 15% of Ukrainian drivers use navigators of the aggressor country (Photo:Yandex)

Up to 15% of Ukrainian drivers use navigators of the aggressor country (Photo:Yandex)

The Ukrainian business community is concerned about the reach of Russian mobile navigation apps in Ukraine, the European Business Association (EBA) said in a letter to the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on Nov. 28.

According to EBA members, about 15% of taxi and private car drivers use mobile navigation applications that are indirectly controlled by the Russian government, such as 2GIS and Yandex.Maps and Navigator. Moreover, according to information received from businesses, in cities such as Kharkiv, Odesa, and Dnipro, these apps hold about half of the market.

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“Active use of such apps can potentially carry a number of threats for Ukraine, including

·       real-rime tracking the situation on the roads by the enemy;

·       the ability to determine the place of work/residence of users, including military personnel and employees of critical enterprises;

·       harvesting personal data of Ukrainian citizens;

·       making and updating detailed maps of Ukrainian cities, including building floor plans;

·       collecting information through thousands of users who have installed and are still using these mobile applications,” EBA told NSDC.

The association outlined these concerns in its letter to the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, with a request to pay attention to the current situation, analyze possible risks in detail, and respond appropriately.

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