Strava, a fitness app offering social networking for athletes, reveals the locations of its users so that you can link up with a local group of runners or find a fellow hiker or two while on the mountain. Sounds great, right? After recent revelations have exposed the app's potential risk to national security, the U.S Military isn’t so sure about Strava.
Strava Social Fitness App Reveals TMIAccording to Strava, their app allows you "track your running and riding with GPS, join Challenges, share photos from your activities, and follow friends."
Perceptive Twitter User Raises Security Concerns Caused by Strava App
Strava released their global heatmap. 13 trillion GPS points from their users (turning off data sharing is an optio… https://t.co/NpFRM89EJ9— Nathan Ruser (@Nathan Ruser)1517077490.0
Thermal Heat Map Feature and Available User Information Create Security Concerns
via: Strava.comThe app's harmless motivations possibly pose serious national security risks. Information from Strava's thermal map feature, along with user data that's available online, can be used to configure the activities and schedules of users.
Strava App Adds New Layer to Google Maps Information
Pro runner (and inspiration) @AllieKieffer just joined Strava – and she uploaded her 2017 NYC Marathon, where she f… https://t.co/ZuJEzNphSg— Strava (@Strava)1516913441.0
via: GettyAligning 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
I spoke to ANU student @Nrg8000 about his discovery that fitness app Strava had revealed US military bases: https://t.co/hCi2s4RqWd— Sally Whyte (@Sally Whyte)1517213620.0
US Military Takes a Closer Look at Strava App
Users call it a fitness app. Some analysts call it a military security breach. https://t.co/umflvUqNYH— New York Times World (@New York Times World)1517257383.0
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
Have you signed up for a tracking app by mistake? https://t.co/zcYV4A4Tvf— The Guardian (@The Guardian)1517248973.0
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 RemainIn 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.