16 Feb Lawmakers Write to Strava, Ask for Additional Privacy Measures
Last Wednesday, two US senators sent a letter to the CEO of Strava regarding the privacy risks that the fitness app may pose to the US military.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware asked CEO James Quarles about the company’s plans to address the app’s data sharing and privacy issues that may compromise the military’s operational security. The lawmakers stressed that Strava’s opt-out provisions may be confusing consumers, or leaving them unaware of what data is being collected from them.
This comes in light of the security issue Strava had caused a few weeks ago where the app inadvertently revealed the location of sensitive military installations around the world. Defense Secretary James Mattis reacted to the situation by ordering a department-wide review of security protocols on fitness tracking devices that may reveal sensitive military information.
Source: US News