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by Shane Stokes
March 15, 2018
Jakobsen takes first pro victory in Nokere Koerse; Bayly wins stage 4 of the Tour de Taiwan; Bardet to eschew other targets and focus 100% on Tour de France; Deignan announces pregnancy, will miss 2018 season; Cavendish, Renshaw confirmed for Milan-San Remo; QuickStep Floors takes three-pronged approach to leadership at Milan-San Remo; Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is a lottery; French amateur previously banned for five years given 60 hours of community service; Costa Rican duo given four year bans for CERA use; Strava overhauls map that revealed military positions; Video: 360 degree camera from inside the peloton; Video: high speed river crossing leads to dangerous crash
Following controversy in January when Strava’s heat map was used by academics, journalists and private security experts to determine where military personnel were deployed in war zones. They did so by looking on the app for workout locations, a security risk.
On Tuesday Strava said it would restrict access to the online map which shows where people exercise, thus trying to rectify the issue. Strava Chief Executive James Quarles told Reuters that the app is launching a new version of the heat map that will bar access to street-level details to anyone but registered Strava users.
In addition to that, roads and trails with little activity will only show up after several different users upload workouts to that area. Strava will also refresh the map monthly in order to remove data people have made private.
Quarles said that Strava didn’t anticipate the security issue as those who share data to the app do so voluntarily. He added that the company doesn’t track people without their knowledge. “Our use is really explicit,” he stated. “You’re recording your activity in its location for the express purpose of analyzing it or sharing it and to do so publicly.”
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