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Pentagon Restricts Use Of Fitness Trackers With Location Features

10 days ago   |   By Ubergizmo

The Pentagon has issued a memo to notify soldiers and other personnel stationed at sensitive military bases and warzone areas of a new restriction on fitness and activity trackers with location-tracking features. They're no longer allowed to use the location features of these devices as the data could potentially reveal where troops are situated.
This restriction stems from the revelation earlier this year that fitness app Strava was revealing the location of U.S. bases through heatmaps that were publicly visible. The data being used for heatmaps was pulled from the workout routes that...
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Pentagon tells troops: turn off fitness tracker GPS when you head to warzones

Pentagon tells troops: turn off fitness tracker GPS when you head to warzones

10 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / A heatmap of Strava "workout" data revealed sensitive locations around the world, including some mysterious places in Syria.
The Pentagon has now made it official. Eight months after a researcher discovered that the "heatmap" feature of the Strava fitness tracking community was revealing the location of US military facilities in Syria and other conflict zones as well as some troop movements, the Department of Defense has instructed troops headed to potentially hostile territory to turn off the Global Positioning System features of their fitness tracking gadgets and mobile...
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