06 Aug '18, 6pm

Pentagon Bars Troops from Using GPS-Tracking Devices While Deployed

Pentagon Bars Troops from Using GPS-Tracking Devices While Deployed

The Pentagon announced Monday that U.S. military personnel are no longer allowed to use "geolocation capabilities" on personal or government devices, such as iPhones and fitness-tracking devices, during operational deployments and at the discretion of commanders any other time. "The rapidly evolving market of devices, applications, and services with geolocation capabilities presents a significant risk to the Department of Defense personnel on and off duty, and to our military operations globally," according to an Aug. 3 memo from Patrick Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense. Geolocation capabilities can expose personal information, locations, routines, and numbers of Defense Department personnel, and "potentially create unintended security consequences and increased risk to the joint force and mission," the memo states. "Therefore, effective immediately, Defense Depar...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/08/06/pentagon-b...

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