Fitness App’s Heatmap Exposes Secret Government Military Bases
The tables have been turned as governments are starting to see how intrusive cellular data collection can be, now that a fitness app has exposed secret military bases around the globe.
Strava, an app that has set its sights on becoming a fitness social media network, has recently come under fire for uploading a global heatmap of its users’ activity.
The map has exposed patrol routes as well as secret underground tunnels and bases that have been undisclosed to the public or unable to be viewed on satellite imaging from Google Earth.
Conspiracy theorists are scavenging the heatmap in attempts to discover undisclosed bases. Some online sleuths believe they’ve found evidence of potentially secret outposts located in and around Antarctica, Greenland, and the Giza pyramids.
The intention behind Strava’s app is to create an engaged community of athletes who use each other’s training data to learn and improve their own routines. Users can follow professional athletes or peers to discover new training techniques and regimens, while contributing their practices to a communal forum.
But unless you know to turn off the location services on the app after its downloaded, it will automatically track and upload your movements to its server. Strava hasn’t said how many users have downloaded its app, though it has conceded that it gains roughly a million new users every 45 days with 8 million activities uploaded each week.
This is how the massive, global heatmap was compiled, by collecting the data of both users who were aware of its function and, clearly, quite a few who were unaware. Strava doesn’t make it easy to opt-out of the function that uploads your data, either. One must dig somewhat thoroughly and turn off four different settings to disable all tracking.
The app touts its real-time tracking ability as a safety feature for runners and cyclists who want to share their location with up to three contacts in the event of an emergency. But the flip side of this is that strangers are able to see other users running routes, even with stricter privacy settings, unless tracking data is completely turned off.
One of the main purposes of the app, however, is to acquire “kudos” much like Facebook or Instagram likes. This encourages users to upload data of their whereabouts and routes taken during exercise, while also exposing their routines to just about anyone.
While there are certain features to block out the beginning and end-points of a user’s route, this metadata can be just as intrusive, especially if it’s a route that’s run consistently.
It seems that our newest technological advents are becoming more and more intrusive in our obsession with social media and fitness tracking, now for both the state and the individual.
The Navy's UFO Sightings; US Government Recognizes the Phenomenon
Shortly after the Navy Times released “Aliens, ahoy!,” the Washington Post published “Angry Pilot,” and the NY Times asked, “Wow, What Was That?” these heavily promoted and widely consumed articles were immediately parroted by a long list of other popular news sites including CNN, AOL, Yahoo, The History Channel, Live Science, and many others. The upshot? The Navy pilot UFO report and video clearly show an extraterrestrial, “Tic-Tac”shaped ship outmaneuvering the world’s best fighter pilots. Big shocker, right?
Here’s the thing: when a tidal wave of information gateways tote the same content as the most clandestine, conspiracy-minded, UFO messaging boards, it’s vital we take notice. While the government might try to soften the blow of these reports, the truths resulting from the Pentagon UFO program are now officially confirmed.
“Sooner or later, the people in this country are gonna realize the government does not care about them! The government doesn’t care about you, or your children, or your rights, or your welfare or your safety. It simply does not care about you! It’s interested in its own power. That’s the only thing. Keeping it and expanding it wherever possible.”
— George Carlin