Statement - Strava heat map
30 January 2018
Defence is aware of the possible risks of the collection of location data through personal electronic devices and applications. The circumstances of this application do not constitute a security breach.
All Defence personnel are required to complete annual mandatory security training which includes information on the risks posed by internet-connected devices and online activities. Defence personnel are advised to actively use and manage privacy controls to limit the amount of information they make publicly available and report any suspicious online activities or contacts. Defence also provides regular personal security awareness information to personnel.
On operations, the online presence of ADF personnel and their use of electronic devices is managed in accordance with operational security requirements developed for each activity. Personnel are advised of pertinent restrictions as part of their force preparation and arrival in theatre.
Strava is one of many applications and devices, which collects user information. Many of these devices and activities are important to the quality of life of Defence staff. Defence manages the risks associated with the collection of such information by having layered physical and information security protections for Defence personnel and facilities.