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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
2/4/2018 12:50:13 AM
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Re: Why show off this data? Why even have it?
As a user of Strava and a trillion more fitness applications I can tell you that you always have control of what you want to share, make public, an enable within the application. Strava is a running and cycling GPS application. Tracking your run lets you compare and analise your performance over time. It’s useful if you want to train for a marathon, or just motivate yourself when you see your progress. You need to actually use the application to see how it can help you in your fitness plan and how you choose privacy rather than broadcasting your activities. I don’t see the problem here is what the application can do, that was conceived to help those who choose to stay fit, but the fact that some guy decided to tweet something that potentially can give ideas to other people whose interest in this kind of application may be something else rather than getting a flat stomach. Do you think it’s better to stop developing applications that can help people just because there are some people out there that might use them to “locate US military bases”? This is simply solved by soldiers not using Strava or any similar application. Isn’t staying fit and exercising regularly part of their job anyway? Do they really need an application? I don’t think so.

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batye
batye
2/3/2018 3:12:55 AM
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Re: Why show off this data? Why even have it?
@Joe Stanganelli could not agree more interesting point... but I would ask the simple question if they know what they doing - why they did it... or they just pretend know all and hope for the best... 

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batye
batye
2/3/2018 3:11:14 AM
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Re: Why show off this data? Why even have it?
@mhhfive sometime things happens what ever we like it or not... and most people do not know everything about devices/technology they using... and it just happens - but lesson should be learned... 

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mhhfive
mhhfive
2/2/2018 1:05:54 PM
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Re: Why show off this data? Why even have it?
I think the problem here is that they weren't even thinking about this at all... not that they knew about it and ignored it. 

I'm curious how these trackers work though? do they monitor positions *anywhere* on the globe somehow? I assume not. So US military bases are already somewhat public knowledge. And the "hidden" ones.. I assume don't use these trackers. 

So this data is creepy.. but.. not exactly surprisingly secret info? I suppose it tells everyone how physically fit our best soldiers are (or aren't as the case may be). But we've already had plenty of US citizen medical data leaked online, so it shouldn't be too surprising to see our soldiers are a subset of the general population.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
2/2/2018 10:25:41 AM
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Why show off this data? Why even have it?
Frankly, what the heck were they thinking? Strava effectively used something akin to Uber's God Mode and -- granted, with "anonymized" data -- posted about it.

The fundamental lesson here (well, one of them, anyway) is that when you try to show off how fancy your data and data methods are, make sure that you aren't showing off your users' data at the same time! Because, guess what, you usually are.

Moreover, even if Strava didn't release this data so irresponsibly, people inside the company are still privy to this sensitive information -- which goes to show how problematic these devices and apps are (even to the extent of, as Tan points out, the lack of a signal).

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