A global heat map published online by a popular fitness app shows several people exercising inside U.S. bases near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), as indicated by a series of bright lines. This contrasts sharply to what the map shows north of the border, where there is no action whatsoever. These revelations have prompted a Pentagon review. Strava, the app maker of the online map, made it disturbingly apparent on how simple it is for anyone to conduct their own analysis of activity at U.S. bases.
All you need to do is simply type in the name of a location (like a military airbase), and you can obtain an outline of the installation that shows plenty of people running around a flight line utilized by military planes. In areas like Mosul, Iraq, for example, you can find glowing squares the size of football fields, which could mark forward operating bases where military personnel have limited exercising space. When this was first reported last week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis ordered a review regarding the use of personal electronic devices that range from small fitness trackers to smartphones and tablets. The review could ultimately lead to a ban on use of nongovernment devices at the Pentagon, and possibly other military bases. The video below provides an example of the online map mentioned above, and how easy it truly is to track individual brandishing these wearables.
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