Polar Fitness App Accidentally Maps Locations of Military Bases, Nuclear Warehouses

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Co BIY

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This story was out months ago. The data did publicly reveal for the first time the location of a US military base in Syria. Because unthinking staff thought it was more important to brag about their fitness program and lost perspective about what they are actually doing.

"Loose lips sink ships." - some lessons have to be relearned constantly.
 

SkyBill40

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Translation: "Yeah, hardly anyone uses the public logging to show their runs... but it's out there for anyone with a computer and common sense to find and that's not our fault at all. Oh, and it's totally cool that we know where these places are even if they weren't public."
 

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why would the polar ceo be in trouble? these features are turned off by default. these morons turned them on and shared their locations to the world. if anything the users should all be thrown in prison for negligence.
 

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Seems very much like a non issue to me.
The general location (outer parameters) of mentioned facilities should more often than not be public knowledge and easy to find for anybody interested.
Exact details of the facility are not revealed unless the "target" is the individual doing the exercise.
 

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1st of all, shame on TOM, again, for reposting a "news" story from several months ago.

2nd its not just about location of these places, if some guard or person patrolling the location has this app running (knowingly or not) a person viewing past "runs" can identify patrol routes, often outside locations and look for blind spots in security
 
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