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DoD to Examine Military Fitness Tracker Data Security

The Defense Department has launched a review of potential security risks associated with a physical conditioning tracker system that military personnel use, DoD News reported Monday.

The study comes after DoD learned that some wearable electronic fitness tracking devices use an application to gather and upload on the exercise routes and venues of users.

Locations of service members using Strava may be viewed and identified through a heat map that the app produces to suggest routes for other users, the report noted.

“We take these matters seriously, and we are 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,” U.S. Army Col. Robert Manning III told reporters during a news conference held Monday at the Pentagon.

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