Aligning Strava’s app data with information gathered from Google Maps results in a detailed look at more than just your local running route. Military personnel who use the app risk exposing not only their personal information but security-sensitive information as well.
Strava App Could Expose Information and Habits of Military Personnel
Strava’s app not only points out possible military bases; the routines of military personnel, patrol routes, and even specific deployment locations can all now be identified and analyzed by anyone with the app.
US Military Takes a Closer Look at Strava App
Only two days after Ruser’s Twitter revelation, the Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning responded to concerns, stating:
We take these matters seriously and we are reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DoD personnel at home and abroad.
He also said that the Department of Defense is reviewing policy regarding smartphones and wearable devices.
Strava Responds to Uproar of Concerns Over App
The Guardian reports that Strava has responded to the recent uproar regarding their fitness app, stating,
Our global heatmap represents an aggregated and anonymised view of over a billion activities uploaded to our platform. It excludes activities that have been marked as private and user-defined privacy zones.
It is also reported that Strava claims,
We take the safety of our community seriously and are committed to working with military and government officials to address sensitive areas that might appear.
Strava Website Offers Personal Privacy Guidelines But Questions Over Military Personnel Usage Remain
In a blog post, Starva wrote,
Whether you are concerned about someone knowing where you are, where you ran or where you live, we’ve got the tools to help you take control. We work hard to make it easy for athletes to have access to the information and tools they need to control their privacy whether you’re using our mobile app or a GPS device.
Whether military personnel app users have followed these guidelines, and how strictly, is information left to be discovered.