Fitness app Strava shows structure of US foreign military bases

30 January 2018 (Last Updated January 31st, 2018 10:11)

Strava's fitness tracking app has reportedly revealed information about the location and outline of some overseas US military bases.

Strava’s fitness tracking app has reportedly revealed information about the location and outline of some overseas US military bases.

The company’s data visualisation map has given away the details by tracking the routes used by soldiers for running, reported The Guardian.

Pentagon spokeswoman Major Audricia Harris was quoted by the Independent as saying: “The DoD takes matters like these very seriously and is reviewing the situation to determine if any additional training or guidance is required and if any additional policy must be developed to ensure the continued safety of DoD personnel at home and abroad.”

The app is designed for use on a number of devices, such as smartphones and Fitbits. It is used to record exercise routes and share them with others.

“In November last year, the company claimed that it modified its software to feature a new Global Heatmap that would visualise activity uploaded to Strava.”

In November last year, the company claimed that it modified its software to feature a new Global Heatmap that would visualise activity uploaded to Strava.

The firm further said that the update includes in total one billion activities from all public Strava data recorded through September 2017.

It covers a total distance of 27 billion kilometres and approximately more than three trillion individual global positioning system (GPS) data points.

A 20-year old analyst with the Institute for United Conflict Analysts, Nathan Ruser, was the first one to note the lapse, according to media sources.

Ruser started uploading images of the data visualisation map, which revealed clear and identifiable locations of US bases or soldier activities in places such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and in the South China Sea.

In a statement, Strava was quoted by The National as saying: “We take the safety of our community seriously and are committed to working with military and government officials to address sensitive areas that might appear.”