Strava fitness app quietly added a new opt-out for controversial heat map

In January, the popular fitness app Strava ran into controversy over a global activities heat map so detailed it revealed clandestine military bases. To make matters worse, the path to opt out of the feature was not simple and required several clicks within the app.

The company has, however, since made a design change to make the opt-out feature more prominent. Rather than requiring multiple clicks, a toggle for the heat map is now visible on the first page of privacy settings. (The change appears to still require an opt-out, rather than an opt-in.) ACLU attorney Matt Cagle noticed the tweak.

Strava‘s app now includes a simple option for opting out of heatmaps. ‍♂️ All your base are no longer belong to Strava. https://t.co/IvlpKnoeCP…

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Author: Colin Lecher

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