Top 100 apps moving your data through Russia and why it’s a problem

The researchers have just highlighted the existence of 50,000 applications that transmit information to Russia. Among these 50,000 applications, 100 are very popular in France.

The researchers found that nearly 50,000 apps send data collected from millions of app users in Russia, whether or not you use the company’s apps. Problem, Russian laws could force the company to make the data available to the Russian government.

This data can be extracted from a wide range of third-party applications using a development tool created by Yandex (the Russian equivalent of Google). In fact, developers save time and money by using the API AppMetrica from Yandex to get analytics data for their apps, while the company gets user data in return… It’s a very useful tool for understanding your users’ behavior in order to improve your app or help monetize it.

Some of the applications that AppMetrica is installed on include games, messaging applications, location sharing tools, and hundreds of virtual private network tools designed to allow users to browse the web without being tracked. Worse yet, many VPN apps they are specifically designed for a Ukrainian audience.

We were able to consult part of the list of applications, thanks to numerama that has extracted the most popular applications in France, there are applications developed by Easy Brain, one of the leaders in the sector -1 billion guaranteed downloads-, the French publisher Voodoo or even by Saygame, they go massively through AppMetrica.

Top 100 apps using AppMetrica in France

  • Viber Messenger: chats and calls
  • Pixel Art: Paint by Number
  • Block Craft 3D: Building Games
  • Jigsaw Puzzles – Puzzle Games
  • Blockudoku: Block Puzzle Game
  • UNICORN: Color by Number Games
  • Drum Pad Machine – Beat Maker
  • Jigsaw puzzles for adults HD
  • Differences: find and identify them
  • Sand Balls – Excavator Puzzle
  • Solitaire – Classic Card Games
  • PREQUEL: Aesthetic Image Editor
  • Groovepad – Music & Beat Maker
  • Paint By Numbers Coloring Games
  • Zero to Hero: Cityman
  • BlaBlaCar: Carpooling and Bus (Russia only)
  • Smart cleaner: clean storage
  • Photo Collage – Collageable
  • Ultimate Guitar: chords and tabs
  • Nonogram.com – Number Puzzles
  • Turbo Stars: Epic Racing
  • Raft Survival – Ocean Nomad
  • My Candy Love – Episode
  • Ultimate Guitar: chords and tabs
  • Piano – Lessons and tile games
  • WormsZone.io – Hungry Serpent
  • Killer Sudoku from Sudoku.com
  • Beat Maker Go – Make music
  • Seekers Notes: Hidden Objects
  • The Cook: 3D Cooking Game
  • iScanner – PDF Scanner App
  • Sudoku: Mind Puzzle Games
  • Facelab – Face Editor, Beauty
  • Hornet – Queer Social Network
  • Guitar – Chords, Tabs and Games
  • WeDrum: Drum Kits, Real Drums
  • Tractor game to build a house
  • Brainwashing – Puzzle Mind Game
  • Browser and DManager documents
  • PURE Hookup: Anonymous Dating
  • Jurassic Monster World 3D FPS
  • Coloring by numbers for adults
  • Unlimited music player now
  • Numberzilla: Number Matching Game
  • Business game My success story
  • Nonogram.com Color: Logic Game
  • Vibrator – Relax Massager Application
  • Learn Guitar | guitar coach
  • Kiss Kiss: Spin the bottle
  • Drum Pads 24 Beat Maker Music
  • Translate.me voice translator
  • Art Of War 3: Real Time Strategy Game
  • Hello Piano: learn professional lessons
  • Reverse translate and learn
  • Pure Sudoku: The logic game

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