Strava's global heatmap could reveal the location of your home, according to researchers

Findings suggest setting your account to private mode does not mean your Strava data is private, although it is easily turned off

Strava heatmap east coast USA
(Image credit: Strava)

Privacy and safety concerns have been raised about Strava’s global heatmap feature, with research suggesting that it could reveal user locations, even on private mode.

Researchers at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh found that they could locate the start and end point of activities, especially in low-populated areas.

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.