Polar Flow fitness app … and you don’t even need a “License to Kill” in order to use them.
Fitness trackers are very useful and a lot of people utilize them to track their progress when it comes to workouts, heart rate, training route, etc. If you are really into it, you normally can also exchange and compare the routes you run with your friends and the world.
Showing off how sporty you are is one of the key features of most fitness apps – but only if done voluntarily. A free for all on your profile including your training routes is too much though.
This is exactly what happened with Polar, a Finnish-based fitness tracking company. Thanks to a feature called “Explore Map” every users’ route could be tracked for the time-span in which the profile was not set to “private”.
According to Bellingcat it was really easy to do so: “Find a military base, select an exercise published there to identify the attached profile, and see where else this person has exercised. As people tend to turn their fitness trackers on/off when leaving or entering their homes, they unwittingly mark their houses on the map. Users often use their full names in their profiles, accompanied by a profile picture — even if they did not connect their Facebook profile to their Polar account.”
Thanks to the above issue the investigators were able to identify:
Overall this included nearly 6,500 people across 69 countries.
Polar has since removed the map and set all users to “private”.