Summary of “Strava Heatmap shows that fitness trackers represent a privacy threat”

Just how big of a problem was brought into stark relief Monday, when a Twitter user pointed out that the Strava global heatmap – an online, interactive map of activity by people who use the Strava mobile app or have a Fitbit or Jawbone – inadvertently revealed the location of military bases overseas.
To make matters worse, Wired reported it’s also possible to take data publicly available via Strava’s API and see the names of individuals tied to specific running routes.
People have hard time comprehending what a searchable database of many people’s data reveal, etc.
Adam Harvey, perhaps best known for creating CV Dazzle and Hyperface, pointed out that the digital traces we leave online via fitness tracking apps like Strava give others power over us.
Strava helps illustrate fact that if anyone gained access to all of Google’s data they would rule the world.
While the U.S. government is likely not about to drone you, there exist other threats to your privacy – both present and future – that are only exacerbated by apps like Strava and devices like Fitbit.
Sure, you can denote your runs as “Private” on the aforementioned app, but even having done that, your data is still being uploaded to Strava’s servers – it’s just not actively shared with every creep who decides to poke around publicly available datasets like the heatmap.
For starters, try deleting the Strava app from your smartphone or tossing that Fitbit in your drawer and leaving it there.

The orginal article.