Strava GPS Heatmap Reveals Locations of Fitness Device Users on Military Bases


(WTNH) — Motivation and tracking through the use of wearable fitness devices is a growing trend with millions of users across the world using gadgets like Jawbone, Apple Watch, Nike and Fitbit.

A popular app dubbed the “social network for athletes” called Strava is now making headlines internationally for potentially jeopardizing the locations of secret military bases.

Strava, a GPS tracking app and lab, has released their latest interactive Global Heatmap in November 2017 which pulled data sets from the app which allows users to record their movement and share it with others. These maps reveal a potential security flaw: movement and patterns in areas across the globe.Related Content:Digital Evidence Playing Larger Role Than Ever in Criminal Investigations

Over the weekend, military analyst Nathan Ruser from the Institute for United Conflict Analysts unveiled on Twitter that Strava maps are detailed enough to showcase personnel on secret bases across the world.

Location sharing apps and platforms have raised a red flag for the United States Military in the past with a document on security issues and security policies for mobile devicesRegulations have been set into place given location-tracking devices, however, the change in technology with many apps using location sharing features may be challenging to keep up with even with this government guidance.

It is important to be aware of location sharing data in apps, even as an everyday civilian.

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