Draw your own Privacy area on the map

I'd like to suggest changing the way privacy zones work. 
Right now you give a location variable like a zip code and it draws a circle on the map. However if you ride a lot in all sorts of direction in major cities it becomes very easy to work out the general center of this circle and thus your house, work, secret girlfriend. 
I have solved this as a user by randomly deplying privacy zones in the neighbourhood but to me this is a rather ugly solution.
It would be better if you could just draw a little area on the map you want excluded from the public eye. This is random and makes pinpointing the location that the user intends to hide impossible.

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  • I've just found out from Strava support that multiple privacy zones are not supported. So only a single zone will be be in effect. The key is to vote up good suggestions on the forum apparently, in the hope they make it onto the product roadmap. This idea is similar to yours - https://strava.zendesk.com/entries/26000160-Choose-custom-radius-for-the-Privacy-Zone 

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  • I've seen that idea and upvoted it, but it is still ugly as a radius of any size still has the inherent problem of having a center.
    Given enough rides in all directions of the compass, which I assume most enthusiasts have, the size of the radius will not matter, the center is still your house.
    If you have people actually "draw" the area they want to exclude it becomes practically impossible to pinpoint the address as it could be literally anywhere within the drawn area.

    One could argue why you would need to hide it at all, but if you are going to have privacy zones at least have a correct implementation I'd say. This radius thing is half-assed to me.

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  • I agree; drawing a custom zone freehand would be a much more sensible solution. Many real-estate search sites allow this sort of freehand drawing for search areas, so it's not rocket surgery by any stretch. 

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  • I think the above ideas are sound but I need a little more flexibility. I live in a rural location. The post code actually matches to a house 1/2 a mile away. So my start and finish are not covered by the privacy zone. The above ideas would help if they can be located off the GPS as opposed to the postcode.
    Many thanks.
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  • @Barb. The idea is that you can draw your own privacy zone on a map. This gives you absolute freedom in both the size and the shape of your privacy zone. Also very useful in rural area's.

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  • +1 for drawing the privacy zones.

     

    A circle does not work for me because of the shape the small town I live in. And using multiple privacy zones does not work as you would expect; only one zone will be applied to an activity.

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  • Thanks Pascal - Another way to put it is that the activity has to start and end inside of a privacy zone for it to work. So even if an activity passes through a privacy zone, it will not hide any data. Thanks for the feedback. 

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  • @Elle. I know that just passing through a zone does not hide that part of the activity, so I took a different approach. In my case I made sure that my starting/ending point.was inside all the privacy zones I created. I hoped that all the privacy zones would be applied, but that proved not to be the case.

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  • My address in Thailand doesn't come up with the correct location. I need to be able to select on a map and tell Strava where privacy zone is.

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