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Privacy setting to make Activities only visible Followers

I'd like to be able to designate specific strava users as "trusted" so that they can see my private activities. I don't really care if my friends and family can see my runs past my house, but some people follow me on Strava who I do not know at all. 

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    To allow only your followers to see your activities, you can enable the following:

    • Enable Enhanced Privacy

    • Enable the setting for Hide from Segment and Challenge Leaderboards*

     

    *Note that applying this setting will cause those activities to be ineligible for segment trophies and prevent them from counting towards challenges. You can toggle this on or off for individual activities from the edit screen so that they can count towards challenges or segments.

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  • Hi John you can make the area around your home hidden, in settings.

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  • NUMBER ONE PRIORITY -> Make a rides map ONLY visible to your followers.   There is ZERO need for anyone EVER to see your map if they are not one of your followers.  That INCLUDES leaderboards!  From the leader board users could still see every other bit of information (elevation profile, speed, cadence, heart rate, power etc.).   JUST HIDE THE MAP.

     

     

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  • To be clear, I'm meaning the end to end map should not be visible to non followers.  Strava is a stalkers paradise!   The privacy zones (circles) are useless.

    From the leader board non followers should ONLY be able to see the map for that segment.  As in from the start of the segment to the end of the segment.  NOTHING ELSE.

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  • No - this is fundamentally a bad idea.  There are too many people cheating out there devaluing Strava as it stands.  If you want to participate in segment leader boards then your ride needs to be open for scrutiny.

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  • Adding my support for this. The Map absolutely needs to be hidden to non-followers. Those of us who live in the country are basically telling the world where we live, and that's a very, very disconcerting notion. 

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  • I completely agree that I'd like to see this feature. My only follower is my husband. His only follower is me. I have no desire to hide my activities from him, but I have to set them to private to keep everyone else in my neighborhood who passes me on flyby or who checks out the many segment leaderboards from seeing my maps and all my stats for distance, time, gear, etc. I want only the people of my choosing to see my information, both maps and at least some stats, but I do want those people to be able to see it so we can encourage each other. 

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  • Nikki Z, I completely agree with you. I don't want to share my information with anyone except from people I approve and know personally.

    I do not have a need to participate in any of the Leaderboards so people that are afraid about me cheating shouldn't be afraid.

    I want to compare and share my results and maps with people that I approve - simple as that.

    Why Strava is struggling to understand that there are people that are running and riding a bike for fun and for themselves and not for the other people or not to beat all the world records (really!!)

    Does anyone know if Strava is doing anything to enhance the privacy or is it time to leave?

    Thanks...

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  • Strava has remained frustratingly quiet on this issue. They don't seem to think it is an issue.

    I don't see why activities can't be kept protected from non-followers while still participating in segments. If someone wants to challenge someone's time, they could send a request for permission to see the entire ride. 

    That should be relatively simple to implement...

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  • so many users are wishing for this feature to be implemented and nothing is being done... what's up Strava? Can you give us one legit reason for this not being on your prio list?

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  • I upgraded my endomondo membership to premium in a meantime and therefore will not use Strava paid subscription. Endomondo do not have segments but have much more user oriented privacy settings. I can basically make my profile available ONLY to people that I approve and we can have challenges between ourselves (try it yourself and you won't regret).

    I'd like a crew member to stand out and answer couple of questions regarding described Strava privacy issue:

    1. What makes you thinking that I would want to share ANY information about my activities (including geo location) with the whole world?
    2. How do you think me participating in your segments with people that are much more fit, weight less, have better equipment, and so on… would motivate me? Is it not more motivating and fun to participate in segments with friends / small group of people that have similar level of fitness, equipment, goals, etc… so we can maybe beat our own records, set our own goals and challenges and have fun together (having fun is the most important I think, more important than breaking world records in my opinion - Strava doesn't get is as far as I am concerned…) as oppose to chasing ghosts?
    3. How difficult it is to implement such privacy features and is it even being considered? Will it be possible to hide End to End geo location and other activity information from the wide public in a future?
    4. Is Strava really expecting me to pay premium membership if it can't even deliver the INDUSTRY STANDARD SECURITY BASICS?

    Best regards.

    R.

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  • As a mountain biker, political battles over how and where we ride are real. We want to be able to enjoy sharing with our friends, but absolutely do not want to share with the general public some of the time. This setting is crucial. 

    I've been a Premium subscriber from way back, but am now considering canceling over the lack of headway here. Reading these requests, there are many requests for this, and absolutely nothing in the way of a real response.

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  • I too would like Strava to add the functionality of hiding my activities from the general public but for the activities to available  for viewing to approved followers. 

    It that means i am not on the full leaderboard so be it, i can live with that. 

    I just had a complete unknown member give me kudos on a ride - really creepy!

    A public shout out to Sheila Fretwell at the Stava helpdesk with my concerns on this issue. She was helpful in her response even if it did not resolve my concerns. Unlike my previous interactions with the Strava helpdesk on this issue.

    It can't be that hard for Strava to make the necessary amendments to the code. Then people have the option - only followers can view my rides but with the loss of being on general segment leaderboards  and for those that find it important to be represented on the general leaderboards then they can have their activities public.

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  • I second a request for this.

    I understand the need for activities to be viewable by the public for leader board/KOM accountability purposes (too many people jumping in cars, trains, ect) and if you can't see that happening then you can't flag them for removal and the whole leader board system falls apart.

     

    I'd be fine with a trade-off on this. Make it so my activities are only viewable by people I approve to follow me, not strangers, BUT take me off the regular leader boards. Instead give me a "Private/Personal" leader board. I don't care to compare myself to other riders, but I do want to track my progress over time. Marking my activities as "private" makes it so strangers can't see them, but it also makes it so I can't track my own progress and compare my previous efforts. 

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  • I second this. For safety sake, my runs should only be available to my followers (who I have to approve first) and the clubs I am in. With all the crazy things happening to runners in the news, I would think Strava would want to add more security for us runners out there!

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  • +1000 I just joined Strava but I might have to go back to runkeeper

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  • We have some exciting new privacy features coming soon that may relate to this request: 

    Hide my activities from Segment Leaderboards 

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    Enhanced Privacy for Group Activities

    Thanks for your continued feedback on Strava's privacy features. 

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  • The new additions miss the point. While opting out of leaderboards might be a necessary part of this request, the bottom line is that I want an option to continue to enjoy the social aspects of Strava _with only people I allow to follow me, and vice-versa_. Think Facebook: I can set it up to only allow people I'm "friends" with to see my posts. I basically want the exact same thing for Strava. If that means rides set up this way won't show up on public leaderboards, count for challenges, etc., I'm perfectly fine with that.

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  • Hi Scott, thanks for your comment. 

    This isn't the end with our privacy developments. There are still projects in the works and we are considering the request posted here. I was simply updating the thread on the latest developments. 

    Thanks for your patience. 

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  • Thank you for this information and for the development. I will be looking at this thread and how Strava is addressing those (genuine in my opinion) concerns that we all raised.

    At the moment it is UNACCEPTABLE for any people that use common sense and respect their privacy (where it's possible and reasonable of course) to agree with Stava Terms and Conditions and especially considering the privacy issues that we are discussing here.

    I have an impression however this development is not fast enough and it takes far too much time to employ couple of simple rules, but all the best for the future.

    May be that I will start using you again when you (finally) put things right... Who knows...

    Please don't get me wrong (or us, I guess). We are criticizing your platform but in my opinion this is a constructive critique that you should take and consider, at the very least.

    Looking forward to hear on the progress.

    Take care and have a nice day...

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  • Totally agree with the above comments.

    Is there anything happening on this?  I would like to keep my rides private on the whole and only have a 2 followers who I trust.  However, they can't see my rides unless I make them public and if I do that and I've ridden with them, then any of their followers can see my rides.  It is pathetic and means that the following thing is meaningless. 

    Can you let us know when this will be sorted please?

     

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  • I have "Enhanced Privacy" turned on. The information for the "Enhanced Privacy" setting says "Only approved followers can see and download your activities on your Strava profile." Given that, I'm furious that I just received kudos from someone I've never heard of one of my recent activities. Apparently I've been broadcasting the location of my apartment to the whole world without knowing it for the last several months.

     

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  • The recent privacy enhancements are helpful, but they don't address the main issue - how to share your activities only with approved followers.  I also wish there was an easy way to correct privacy settings at once for all past activities.

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  • As far I know non followers can see not only all my activities, but also my entire profile (pictures, followers, who I follow, entire stats ...). It should be possible to hide details of my activities and my entire profile to non followers.

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  • With Enhanced Privacy Mode on: Non-logged-in users don't see too much in the profile page. However, if they have a link to an activity, non-logged-in users can see it too.

    I really don't want non-logged-in users to see the details of my activities. Can you work on this please?

     

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  • @Ian Goodfellow — I signed up for Strava today, and based on some experimentation, with Enhanced Privacy on, random strangers (I created a separate account to test) can find my runs by searching for keywords and location. This is unacceptable, and the only solution seems to be to make my runs private, but that prevents my followers (who I am friends with) from seeing my runs at all. Why can't we just share runs with followers only? Is that too much to ask?

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  • Another year, still no headway here. :(

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  • Wow this is crazy!!! This should be a top priority privacy concern and its been going on since it was brought up in 2014?! How hard can it be to hide maps by default on profiles that aren't my friends? Come on guys! You could make maps invisible really fast with just with HTML and CSS based on a variable while you work on a more robust patch!

    Many Strava users are women who start our runs from the front door. I have really loved using Strava the past few months, but naively I assumed my maps were only visible to my friends. I think I'm going to close my account because there seems to be no real effort or concern for our privacy here. I regret posting my previous activities very much :/

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  • This has always troubled me.  I resisted joining Strava for years partly for this reason (but I gave in in the end!)  Please make it possible to have one's activities only visible to trusted friends.

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