10 Jul Polar Fitness App Compromises Location of Agents, Military Personnel
Earlier this week, fitness app Polar has been found to be leaking the sensitive data of its users. More worryingly, it had reportedly leaked the locations of military bases and personnel, as well as those in the intelligence services.
In an investigation by Dutch news site De Correspondent and Bellingcat, it was discovered that the Finnish-made app permitted anyone to access a user’s fitness activities over several years merely by changing the browser’s web address.
It was pointed out that posting workouts on Polar’s so-called Explore map is a feature and not a privacy issue, and setting activity tracking records to public is an option users can choose. However, it was found that even with profiles set to private, the user’s fitness activity can be used to reveal where a person lives.