Fitness trackers, and other apps and devices that use geo-location and share information online, have been banned from US military bases by the Pentagon.
That's according to Associated Press, which claims to have got hold of a leaked memo. It comes in response to claims that leaky fitness devices and apps have been spilling information about US military personnel and bases to all and sundry.
According to the memo, the Pentagon plans to ban any apps and gadgets that can reveal the location of US military types while they are at certain sensitive bases or high-risk warzones.
"These geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of Department of Defense personnel, and potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission," the memo reportedly said.
However, the Pentagon hasn't gone as far as putting out a blanket ban on such devices. Instead, officers will determine whether their soldiers can use GPS features on their smartphones and fitness tracking gadgets on a case by case basis.
The Pentagon will also provide military personnel with the means to keep their fitness trackers and other gadgets safe from cybersecurity threats.
"It goes back to making sure that we're not giving the enemy an unfair advantage and we're not showcasing the exact locations of our troops worldwide," US Army Colonel Rob Manning, told Associated Press.
The security concerns over fitness apps was brought out into the open when, in January, a company called Strava produced a heat map of geolocation data that also pinpointed likely military bases in unlikely locations.
Similar apps and gadgets have also been found to be somewhat free and easy in giving away sensitive information about their users
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