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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s information technology security incident prevention institution Cert.lv has no information regarding any possible security risks of Russian Yandex.Taxi mobile application. With that, Cert.lv is unable to comment on statements made by Lithuanian institutions about this mobile app, says Cert.lv deputy manager Varis Teivāns.

At the same time, he says Cert.lv closely cooperates with Baltic and other European cyber-security centres. Once more detailed information has been received about the research performed by Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Centre, Cert.lv will be able to provide comments on the matter.

Teivāns reminds that any app, whether it’s used for lunch reservation, taxi or daily reminders should be evaluated critically and rationally. «It should be evaluated and considered what access the application requires to function and if it is adequate for the service provided. This is an especially sensitive matter for those working in the state sector, especially if they plan to use applications made in countries unfriendly to Latvia,» Teivāns explains.

On Monday, 20 July, Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Centre recommended residents to not use Yandex.Taxi mobile app. In the statement released by Defence Ministry it was stated that the application’s requirement to receive information from the user’s mobile device «may create risks for unauthorized gathering of personal information».

Yandex.Taxi was released in Vilnius on Thursday. This application allows residents to reach approximately 300 taxis.

Last week the Mayor of Vilnius Remigijus Šimašius turned to Lithuania’s State Security Department with a request to check if Yandex.Taxi does not threaten the country’s state security. Before then, Lithuania’s public television reported that seven years ago Yandex.Taxi’s parent company Yandex had admitted providing Russian special services with information about clients who supported the opposition. Šimašius asked Lithuania’s Competition Council to investigate if advertisements of online service operator Yandex.Taxi complies with Lithuania’s laws and do not mislead consumers.

Yandex.Taxi has stated that is prepared to undergo checks by Lithuanian institutions, and stressed that the company fulfils the necessary data protection requirements. The company also stated that the app is administered by a Netherlands-based company Yandex.Taxi BV and it complies with EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Yandex.Taxi works only with taxi firms and dispatch services, not directly with drivers. Taxis can be ordered using devices running with iOS and Android. The service automatically determines the user’s location and sends the order to the nearest driver.

Yandex.Taxi announced its plans to enter the Baltic market in 2016. Since then Yandex.Taxi has started working in Riga and Tallinn.

Yandex.Taxi provides services in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.


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