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Your fitness tracker knows too much about you

January 30, 2018

Via: Mashable
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Where you jog, where you work, and, yes, where you sleep — all this and more is collected, aggregated, and analyzed by the companies behind the exercise apps on your smartphone and the devices you strap to your body. And that’s a problem.

Just how big of a problem was brought into stark relief Monday, when a Twitter user pointed out that the Strava global heatmap — an online, interactive map of activity by people who use the Strava mobile app or have a Fitbit or Jawbone — inadvertently revealed the location of military bases overseas. To make matters worse, Wired reported it’s also possible to take data publicly available via Strava’s API and see the names of individuals tied to specific running routes.

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