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Fitness tracking watches now surplus to requirements

Paul Brislen, Editor. 08 August 2018, 6:51 am

Following revelations that US troops on deployment around the world were publishing their location data courtesy of their fitness trackers, the US Department of Defense (sic) has called time on the practice.

Task & Purpose reports that DoD personnel are hereby prohibited from "using geolocation features and functionality on both non-government and government-issued devices, applications, and services" while deployed to operational areas, including ships at sea.

This doesn't just stop the troops using the devices with location services switched on, even devices with the capability to share location are banned, unless the commanding officers allow for it.

Of course, this only applies in operational areas, so presumably means troops back home will be able to lord it over their in-country brothers in arms with their higher work-out scores, so probably won't dent the sales of such devices any time soon.

No word from the New Zealand Defence Force on any such restrictions for our serving personnel, but the NZDF has put together a tidy fitness app that may help some of us sluggards at least feel the burn. And of course the NZDF is in the throes of buying four P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, perhaps the ultimate in location-tracking devices.


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