Business draws attention to the situation with russian mobile navigation applications in Ukraine
Security is the first and foremost priority for Ukrainian businesses today – physical security of employees, customers, cybersecurity, asset security, etc.
At the same time, business is currently concerned about the situation with russian mobile applications for navigation in Ukraine.
As reported by EBA member companies, nearly 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 businesses, the share of users of these applications is about half of all users of navigation applications in cities such as Kharkiv, Odesa, and Dnipro.
However, the active use of such applications can potentially carry a number of dangers for Ukraine, including:
- the aggressor can track the situation on the roads online;
- the aggressor can determine the place of work/residence of users, including military personnel and employees of critical infrastructure companies;
- the aggressor can accumulate personal data and other personal information of Ukrainian citizens;
- the aggressor can create and have a constant updates on detailed city maps including floor plans of buildings;
- the aggressor can collect information from thousands of users who have installed and still use these mobile applications.
Last week, the EBA addressed a letter to Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of the Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, with a request to pay attention to the current situation, analyze possible risks in detail and respond appropriately. After all, security issues today are the most crucial for both businesses and the state.