Fitness v Privacy

After Strava’s scandal earlier this year on the public data of its users, a similar issue is plaguing Polar, another fitness tracking device provider.

The main conclusion:

““This example demonstrates how important it is to be aware of all the consequences digital technology can have,” said the Dutch minister of defense, Ank Bijleveld, in response to our investigation. “Technology keeps making more and more things possible, but the flip side of that ability is adjusting our security and awareness to match.”

It’s good news that the minister recognizes the severity of the problem. But this isn’t the first time she’s promised improvement. After the Strava incident last January, the Ministry of Defense alerted all its personnel.  Our investigation also examined Strava. Finding users’ names and addresses wasn’t as easy as it was in Polar – but find Strava’s users we did.  Including soldiers  and secret agents.”

De Correspondent’s Investigation

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