Strava is a fitness app for your cell phone that shares running and cycling routes on its social network. The app came under fire this week after releasing a heatmap that showed the global activity of its millions of users. The map revealed more than just where people like to jog. By looking at the data, you could find the borders of secret military outposts, as well as track patrol routes of soldiers at those bases. As a national security issue the implications are huge.
It should also be a reminder to consumers that data collected by fitness apps reveal a lot about you and how you move about the world. And that data doesn’t always stay on your phone.
You can read the suggestions to improve your privacy in all fitness apps in an article by Arielle Pardes in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/strava-privacy-settings-how-to.