Privacy setting to Hide Activity Map from non-Followers

Lets be honest, Strava is a stalkers paradise.....

From any given leader board a non follower can click on your ride and view the entire route you followed (door to door).   

Yes, you can put in privacy zones at your home / work etc but I don't find that enough or even very useful.  It is quite easy to work out where the centre of someones privacy zone is after looking at a few of the persons rides.

I propose the best solutions is to only allow the complete 'MAP' of peoples rides to be available to their followers.   That means for any entry in a leader board the route / path for that 'SEGMENT' only should be visible to all on the map.  For example, someone you don't know (isn't following you) sees your entry on a leader board and decides to click on your ride.  When they look at the map they should only see your route for that 'SEGMENT'!  Not the entire ride door to door.  All of the other ride data for the complete ride can stay as it is.   The elevation profiles, HRM, Cadence, Speeds etc. 

This solution allows people to investigate your leader board entry to make sure it is legit and it maintains peoples privacy.

It is a win win.

 Please see the attached screenshot as an example.

 - I followed the link for the owner of the KOM on the 7 Peaks - Baw Baw segment to this ride.   I should only see that 'SEGMENT" on the map.   It is not necessary to display the entire ride on the map.




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  • Official comment

    Thanks Martin and others,

    Privacy is a huge initiative for us in 2017, and although this specific privacy feature is not currently planned we will do our best to consider it against some of our other planned improvements. 

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  • Agree agree agree agree. (Having been stalked via Strava and now having to make most rides private!)

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  • No comment on this from the Strava team? Come on Strava, people have been crying out for improved privacy for at east the last 18 months and you've been pretty much silent on the topic.

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  • Yes! Privacy settings are complicated and misleading. I want my followers to see everything, I want everyone else to see nothing except what's needed, like only the segments. Definitely not the whole activity.

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  • Hey Strava - surprised you've made no comment on this. I too find the Strava app great so I used it but have realised belatedly that non followers can actually see too much of my life through it. Surely must be possible to block non followers from looking at my activities??

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  • Elle, could you please elaborate on what privacy initiatives actually are in development? In over two years of trying to convince you to do something (anything!!!) to improve privacy, all your replies have been similarly vague and utterly non committal. If this particular idea isn't on the development plan, what is?

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  • Thanks for the comment Jenica, I'll keep you informed as soon as I have more details about our plans to improve privacy. I know it doesn't help, but if I had more information I would share it already. 

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  • Hey Elle. Thanks a lot for the initial reply and for this one.
    I too, when there's info available am really keen to understand what the plans are.
    I feel that Strava, through its nature and original intent is a bit of a risky environment - I totally get that for it to work as a comparison method for segment times something has to be shareable.

    So - here's a suggestion for the 2017 feature development.

    Give us an option to only share within our own group of followers. And if that causes an issue with KOM's (which I think it does) then just give us the option anyway. Then people who want to can and people who don't won't. ????

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  • Good points raised Martin. We will discuss your request, for sure. 

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  • This is a great idea. I'd love to see it implemented.

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  • This is a very simple change that has a massive impact on people's trust in Strava. People don't want people that they don't know being able to stalk them. Strava really should be helping people feel safe.

    Not implementing a simple fix like this that would put many users minds at ease is very disappointing

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  • I agree with Aaron B: if non follower decides to click on your ride in leaderboard they should not be able so see entire activity. 'Allow non-followers to see entire activity' could be a separate privacy settings.

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  • I set up a bigger privacy zone but unfortunately this removed segments I had within my privacy zone that were KOM's. I've now removed my privacy zone as the info on Strava support said this would then reinstate my segments/KOM's but it hasn't worked and I still can't see them.

    can anyone help?

    thanks. Rob

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  • Hi Elle, I have to say, given that this post began on 27 February 2015, I am very disappointed that this has not yet been implemented.

    I have stumbled upon this thread after discovering for myself how poor and limited the privacy options are... over three years on!

    This is the result of a stranger giving me Kudos, and, as you can see from the below link, their profile does not seem to be from a legitimate account, and certainly is not for an individual whom I want to share my whereabouts with:

    https://www.strava.com/athletes/29384960

    Needless to say, I have since blocked the account, though it is still listed in the Kudos for that activity.

    I have always been a big fan of Strava, but I'm more likely to leave it entirely, if this issue cannot, finally, be rectified!

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  • Come on Garmin, this isn't a difficult fix to implement.  Make it happen.

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  • I have also stumbled across this thread after wondering the same thing myself. I am new to Strava and have paid for some of the Summit features but not being able to keep the map data private is a huge issue for me. I would love to be able to share stats to my groups (without taking a screenshot and creating a separate post in the group) but am not happy that the location map remains visible and that there is no option to remove it. My privacy settings are currently set to max and I therefore can't share my activities to any of my groups. It seems crazy that this is not a feature and it will make me reconsider my subscription when it is due for renewal.

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  • Pretty shit that the option to hide your map STILL isn't available. I've decided to delete my activities because I run alone off the beaten track and literally any weirdo who knows my name can find out where that is. The mind boggles.

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  • Strava - any update?

    Folks - remember and upvote these comments if you want to make this happen

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  • Hi Elle from Strava

    Literally YEARS have passed, and no updates, no improvements that people have been asking for?

    "Privacy is a huge initiative for us in 2017, and although this specific privacy feature is not currently planned we will do our best to consider it against some of our other planned improvements." - Elle, 22 Dec 2016

    "Thanks for the comment Jenica, I'll keep you informed as soon as I have more details about our plans to improve privacy. I know it doesn't help, but if I had more information I would share it already." - Elle, 25 Dec 2016

    Then nothing....

    .....

    Still waiting.....

    Come on Strava, seriously.

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  • What Jenica said ....

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  • I started a new thread on this topic as well in the hope of a reply but so far nothing. Runkeeper has the option, so it must be possible.

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  • So it looks like Strava has now made it possible to hide activities from non-followers - thank you Strava! It's a step in the right direction. It would also be helpful if you had the option to approve or reject new followers (like a friend request).

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  • Lydia, it is definitely a plus, however, it also means that "Your activities will not appear on segment or challenge leaderboards".

    The segment and challenge leaderboards are some of the more appealing aspects of Strava for a lot of athletes, and it should not be difficult for Strava to allow privacy AND to show that an athlete has completed a segment, without exposing the rest of their activity, including their start and finish locations.

    Whilst the start and finish locations can be masked with a range around a location, it would not be difficult for a determined person to make fairly accurate estimations, and the rest of the route may expose patterns/common routes over a number of runs.

    I have chosen to opt for privacy over the segments/leaderboards and, since this community post began on 27th February 20FIFTEEN, it seems as though Strava will never care enough to implement this change, until either the rest of their community do the same, or until there is a high profile case where someone is eventually harassed at their home, stalked, or worse.

    Everybody on Strava should be able to exercise and share their success without revealing their location and route and, therefore, exposing themselves to potential danger.

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