06 Aug '18, 6pm

Pentagon bans use of fitness trackers, other devices from areas deemed sensitive

WASHINGTON — U.S. servicemembers and other Defense Department personnel can no longer use fitness trackers or certain other geolocation devices and applications in parts of the world deemed operational areas, including warzones, Pentagon officials announced Monday. The prohibition of such tracking services, which range from smartphone and tablet applications to wearable fitness trackers, is designed to protect information about where American servicemembers are operating, said Army Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman. The policy stops short of banning all devices capable of geolocation, such as smart phones, if the service can be turned off. The new policy was announced in a memorandum dated Aug. 3 and signed by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. The memo said the new policy was effective immediately. “These geolocation capabilities can expose personal informati...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-bans-use-of-fitn...

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