US military Strava bungle a warning sign for GPS smartphone awareness


Dr Benjamin Turnbull from the Australian Centre for Cyber Security said that while your average smartphone user is not at the same risk as a soldier on deployment, it's a good warning sign to be aware of what data you're allowing your phone to track.

"Strava is quite clever in that it only really works if you have the GPS tracking enabled – if you want to use it, you'll have to allow Strava to know your location when using the app," Turnbull told 9Finance.

"Remember the GPS data being sent to Strava is without context. While many users might start their run or cycle from outside their house, Strava doesn’t necessarily know that – it's simply tracking the start and end of your app use."