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  • Robert Mountjoy Can you please submit a ticket to our support team so we can assist?

    Christopher H. While it isn't possible to prevent your followers from favoriting you, you can see who has chosen to do so via the mobile app. Navigate to your profile > Click on "Followers" > at the top, you'll see who has favorited you. 

    LoLo C you can see what information is always public by visiting this help center article: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/articles/360034758331-Your-Privacy-Defaults-when-you-Create-a-Strava-Account

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  • Can you please stop giving me the "Welcome to Flyby" notice EVERY time I check flyby? I would not even have the link to flyby on my activity if I hadn't already read that stuff and purposefully went in my settings to re-enable flyby. Now I have to see that redundant notice just to check and see that yes, flyby is still mostly useless.

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  • Jojo, thank you for replying. I know I can see who favorited me. I don't have a problem with that so much. I just don't want automatic notifications going out to people when I finish an activity and think that Strava should give control over that to the athlete whose activity it is, not their followers. If Strava is concerned about our privacy, I hope you guys will reconsider how the Favorite function works. Otherwise, I'm going to start blocking people I don't really want to have to block.

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  • Please increase the largest radius option on privacy zones. In a city, a 5/8 mile radius (the current max radius) covers hundreds or thousands of households, but in rural areas, a 5/8 mile radius may only include one or two houses.

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  • Really great feature would be an option for default private activities and allow a setting for a minimum distance for an activity to be set public, per activity type

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  • PLEASE include the simple feature of hiding start time! I am surprised to read that this feedback was submitted to Strava already years ago - and STRAVA does not care. That is such a simple thing and in my user case it prohibits using Strava as a Work Environment CLUB plattform - because it is not OK from legal perspective that supervisors or union can see when an athlete was engaged in an activitity.

    Surprised that no one at Strava gets the importance of such easy thing!

     

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  • The flyby featured has essentially been inactivated because Strava has set the default to "off" and very few people know that this is the case.

    I assume that Strava did this to automatically protect people's privacy, but it is absurd that when you participate in a race and then you want to connect or see who you ran with, talked to, etc during the race you are unable to do so because so few people even know that their flyby feature has been automatically disabled.  There is little to no use of the flyby feature for people that I already follow (I already know them and knew where they were in the event); it is only useful as a tool to expand community connections.

    Was abuse of the previous flyby settings really a problem?  I would suggest making the default "on" or getting rid of the feature entirely.

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  • Could you expand the "blocking" features of Strava? For example, I can still see someone's kudos given and comments from someone I've blocked. And a blocked individual can still see my profile photo, a few statistics, and flybys (if they are enabled). For a "block" to be fully executable, there ideally should be no ability for the blocked individual to be seen from my feed, and the blocked individual should not have access to any of my profile information. This is for safety and mental health reasons of all parties.

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  • Today during 1 hour I believed that "start hide time" feature was implemented, but no, bad luck again:

    For example:
    Let's take "Sentier de la treille" segment https://www.strava.com/segments/12692283.
    Fabien Champarnaud, locked profile https://www.strava.com/athletes/12747215, did it on Dec.15th, 2018 : https://www.strava.com/activities/2017967283. Start time is not displayed, then it seems that it works: no way to know his start time ! Bingo !
    (OK let's assume that he did not forget to deactivate "group activities" on his profile ; here I can see that he was with "Mitch M", and by browsing activities of Mitch M (who did not lock his profile) I can see that start time was 9:31 AM...)

    But beyond this, what is bad is that using Android Strava app, I can see Fabien's activity and start time is displayed in clear text : 9:31 AM too.

    Then even when having a locked profile and a carefully selected followers list, in fact start time is visible to anyone using Android app.

    When do you think we will have something solid regarding this basic privacy data ?

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  • How to use geographic coordinates instead of an address at privacy zone? already changed several times the format and it´s never correctly located.

    Can you please inform in which format to put, and the geographic coordinate system. 

    Is that WGS84?

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  • GPX download control

    It would be good to have a way to control who can download your gpx by blocking the gpx download button for all your activities or even better for each particular activity.

    Right now to avoid somebody to download your gpx you have to hide the ride from everybody. However I have no problem with my followers knowing in which area I rode, but that doesn't mean I want them to be able to download the gpx and get all the details of my ride: lines, entrance and exit points, etc. Sometimes these info is personal and I don't want all of my followers to have access to it.

    Thanks for considering this idea and thanks for a great app!

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  • Make additional information visible when someone request to follow

    At present if I don't recognise the name of someone who has asked to follow me then I check their profile page, but if they have their page set to private this doesn't tell me anything new.  

    It would be helpful to as a minimum to see what clubs they're in and their list of followers/follows, so I can understand if we have a shared connection. Ideally it would be good to be able to see their activity and full profile.  Perhaps make it visible for 24 hours to the person they've requested to follow?   

     

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  • Hello Strava Team, I have a question regarding privacy settings. Would you consider making an option that would allow followers to see my complete routes, but for public, the privacy zone would apply? In my opinion, this would be a quite realistic use case for users who would like to share their routes with everybody, but hide their address from people they don't know.
    Thanks for your consideration, Tamás

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  • Activities that take place entirely within one's privacy zone should not have a map at all.

    Currently the activity appears with a blank map centred on the start location (generally someone's house) and the smaller the radius of the activity, the more zoomed the map.  If you run around your block 5 times, your house, your street, the 100m radius around it, is displayed.  Essentially making the privacy zone small enough as to be useless.

    Worse, if you use a treadmill or turbo at home and GPS is on and your activity doesn't have "treadmill" or "turbo ticked", the activity will be centred on your house!

    This needs rectifying immediately.  Activity taking place entirely within a privacy zone needs to have no map visible to followers/other users. 

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  • I don't have a recommendation, but I am trying to understand how changing PRIVACY might work in Strava.  I like having all my activities set to PRIVATE as default, but this is only temporary.  This gives me time to add information, decide if the activity is post-worthy, and add photos.  When I'm done I then change the PRIVACY from "just me" to "everyone" and then it will show up on my activity feed as well as my follower's.  

    Here is my question.  I know that if my PRIVACY is set to "everyone" by default, the instant I save that activity, it then shows up on all the activity feeds and notifications are sent out to my followers.  That might be a pop-up from the Strava app on people's mobile devices or an email notification.  However, what happens when by default my PRIVACY is set to "just me" and then later I change it to "everyone?"  Do the same notifications go out or does it only show up in the activity feeds and no notifications are sent?  My guess is that it is the latter, but I'm trying to confirm.

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  • I would like to be able to make my activities visible to only one person. For example when I run with my wife I'd like to compare our runs on Strava without sharing with anyone else.

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  • I would like to configure the default privacy of my activities in a per activity type basis.

    I use Garmin Watch and my activities are automatically published on strava via their API. I would like to share my running and cycling activities with my followers but I do not want to share my workout, training, and other activities.

    The Goal is that I can continue to upload all my data to Strava without having to manually update each activity I do to set the appropriate privacy level.

    I hope this is something you can add to your roadmap, I believe it will be very useful to many of us who like to track our performance on Strava but only want to share certain activities publicly.

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  • John, I can confirm the same notifications go out.  I have mine set to upload as private so I can edit the title, pictures, and such before others see it.  The second I change the privacy to everyone my dad gets an alert on my phone that I just completed an activity because he has it set to get notifications for my activities.

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  • Can we have the option to select our own privacy setting for certain activities ? Ie. Walks to ‘You Only’ Running to ‘Everyone’
    I use Strava a lot for cycling, running , walking & working out. I’m not too sure my friends who follow me are that interested in me going for a walk or workout & filling up their feed. Also, it’s a pain having to go in twice a day and change my privacy.

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  • Thanks Jeremy J.!

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  • Strava has destroyed one of its own best features last year, the Fly-by, by changing it to an opt-in rather than an opt-out.  It is now a ghost town--a useless appendage.  This is what happens when nervous lawyers fearing liability are allowed to call the shots in a company.  Not a ride went by that I didn't check out the Fly-by for various reasons.  I'm truly disgusted.

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  • I want to be able to hide activity by type/category. It will allow me to focus on my swims and runs in my shared feed. The reason that is important is because I am very active and do not want to overload my followers feeds with multiple daily walks.

    An example of when I needed this is
    I don't record my walks on strava because I don't want to get kudos and share them with everyone, and it is far too much effort to individually set them to private immediately after uploading.

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  • I would like to submit a feature request to allow an activity to be private without the link/url.  For example, I have a friend who has concerns about a stalker and would like to share her activities with others.  Currently her options are for it to be private or public or followers.  This would allow her to keep her run private but share it with certain people via the URL.

    This feature could also be helpful for professional and amateur athletes to share their "private" workouts with their coaches without making their workouts public or available to followers.

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  • I would like my weekly stats to be shown on my profile again to people who are not following me. Now the yearly stats have even disappeared on my profile to my non followers , please at lease bring this back. I am not able to have everyone I would like as a follower on NRL page due to personal and work related reasons , and still been able to see the weekly/yearly stats on each other’s page has been very useful, with still been able to keep the rest of our profile private as it is needed for work and personal reasons. Please bring this feature back.

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  • I want to be able to share my activities with favourite athletes only. It will allow me to have more control over the privacy of my activities. The reason that is important is because I may not want certain people to know where I am doing some of my activities and I don’t want to block these followers. Instead I want for example my family or friends to see some activity I would consider private and all my other unknown followers to see my official activities.

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  • Why am I shown a "welcome to flyby" message every single time I look at a flyby? It is absolutely insane. It makes flybys unusable. It serves no possible purpose. It is literally the worst UI I have ever encountered.

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  • I would like to see the ability to move the center of the Privacy Zone circle.  Currently all you can do is click on Regenerate, but I have not found it to work at all.  The Privacy Zone stays in the exact same location any time I've tried it, and even if it did work I do not have control over where it is placed.  Ride With GPS has a great implementation of their privacy zone.  You can see the zone in a large map and then simply click on the map to move the center.  It works perfectly and is very simple to use.

    The reason I'd like to see this is so that I can move the Privacy Zone so that it doesn't overlap with some segments that are nearby.  Currently those segments won't show up on my ride because of the presence of the privacy zone.  I have to reduce the size of the zone to its smallest setting to have them show up, which defeats the purpose of having a privacy zone since there are very few houses on the street.

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  • Thank you for all your recent comments and contributions. We hear your concerns and it's a priority for us to ensure all athletes feel welcomed, safe, and protected on our platform. We endeavor to add more control over privacy settings including location visibility and how your activities show up in the feed. We're hard at work making improvements here and we appreciate your patience as we work to improve existing functionality and launch new privacy features.

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  • Thanks Soren for the update.
    Please do not forget "hide start time".

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  • I am shown a "welcome" message *every single time* I look at a flyby. It is extremely insulting to be subjected to such a deliberately irritating UI.

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