Pentagon limits fitness trackers, mobile devices with GPS capabilities, citing the ‘significant risk’ to the troops

Military troops and other defense personnel at sensitive bases, or certain high-risk war zone areas are not allowed to use a fitness tracker or mobile phone applications that show your location, according to a new Pentagon order.


Military service members and other defence staff says now, with a fitness Tracker or mobile phone apps with GPS-tracking software, because of the great security provided concerns for the troops to sensitive bases, or certain high-risk war zone areas around the world, announced a new Pentagon order Monday.

The sequence remains short to forbid fitness trackers or other electronic devices, often in connection with apps or smart watches, and the users of GPS and workout data to social media. It says that the applications to personal or government-issued devices present a “significant risk” for the soldiers, so that these functions must be switched off in certain operational areas.

Fox News is told, the ban applies to dating apps, like tinder.

Maj. Audricia Harris, a Pentagon spokeswoman, in a statement to Fox News, said: “The rapidly developing market of devices, applications, and services with geolocation features poses a significant risk for the Department of Defense personnel on and off duty, and our military operations around the world. These geolocation functions are available can make, personal information, places, routines, and numbers of the Department staff, and potentially unintended safety consequences and the increased risk to the joint force and the mission.”

To determine, under the new order, military leaders in the situation, whether the troops under their command-can be mounted using the GPS function on your device, based on the security threat in this area or on this.

“These geolocation functions are available can make, personal information, places, routines, and the number of DOD personnel and, potentially, unintended safety consequences and the increased risk to the joint force and mission,” said the order.

Defence personnel, who are not in sensitive areas, not being able to use the GPS applications if the commanders close to it pose a risk.

For example, troops, the exercise on major military posts over the country, like in Fort Hood, Texas, or Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia, would be likely to be able to use the location software on your mobile phone or fitness equipment. Troops on missions in more sensitive places, such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or parts of Africa, would now be restricted from the use of the equipment or be required to disable all of the location functions.

Concerns about the exercise Tracker and other electronic devices, which came to a head in January in the Wake of revelations that an interactive online map tracking troop locations, soils, and other sensitive areas around the world.

The Global Heat Map, edited by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses satellite information to display the locations of subscribers to Strava-fitness-service. At the time, the card activity by 2015 to September 2017. While densely populated areas were well lit, in war zones such as Iraq and Syria bags scattered showed of activity could have a marked military or government personnel with a fitness Tracker as they are moved.

The Pentagon is a quick assessment, finding that the electronic signals that are potentially open to about the position of the troops in the secret, or classified sites or on the small forward-operating bases in hostile areas.

This is the second memo that the use of cell phones and other electronic devices, published by the Department in the last few months. In may, defense officials laid out new restrictions for the use of mobile phones and other mobile wireless devices within the Pentagon.

This order called for the stricter observance of long-held practices, which require that mobile phones in storage containers, outside of the safe areas, to be discussed in confidential matters. But short of a ban on the devices, and instead, made it clear that mobile phones could be used in public areas, and other locations in the Pentagon, if closure is not things present stopped.

The last order says that the new restrictions include GPS functions to the fitness Tracker, mobiles, tablets, smart watches and other applications.

The Pentagon also said it additional cybersecurity training, would be the risks associated to the Tracker and other mobile devices.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is covering a reporter and editor, sports, tech, military and geopolitics for He can be reached at

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