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Pentagon restricts use of GPS-enabled fitness trackers


From now on, deployed service members will have to resort to low-tech ways of tracking their fitness activities.

That’s because a new memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan prohibits the use of GPS-enabled devices – including wearable fitness trackers and smartphone apps that can track your location – in deployed settings, the Department of Defense announced Monday.


“Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features and functionality on government and nongovernment-issued devices, applications and services while in locations designated as operational areas,” Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Robert Manning said on Monday.

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