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Something that is being talked about within our government constantly is U.S. national security, and it is a subject that hits close to home for many Americans.

A new “heat map” released by fitness tracking company Strava was at first a pretty sight to see all the activity around the globe, but it turns out it also showed jogging routes along confidential military bases by soldiers who were wearing these smart-watches.

     Strava isn’t the only company that has jeopardized locations of military establishments. Companies such as Google, Apple, and cell phone carriers have maps exposing buildings and such, but Strava shows the activity around these areas. It shows how often someone is on patrol, their routes, and how often they take a specific route. From theguardian.com, “following the revelations, militaries around the world are contemplating bans on fitness trackers to prevent future breaches. As well as the location of military bases, the identities of individual service members can also be uncovered, if they are using the service with the default privacy settings.”

     This is a clear example of why on terms and conditions, people, not just members of the military, should make sure they know what they are agreeing to when they push “I accept.” And if there is any information you don’t want uploaded for the masses to see, swipe that privacy button to “private,” so your identity is a little safer. Smart-watches may be cool, but there is a huge amount of responsibility to go with them.

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