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  • I would like a note box, like the current Description field, that is private to me, even on my public rides.  It would allow me to store private data in here about my ride, that I do not want visible to others (even my friends), whilst the rest of the ride is publicly visible.  And option might be to make the Description field manually switchable to make private even on a public ride rather than add another field.  This would work for me.

    I have two reasons for this:

    If I were working to take a segment KOM, I might put in details of how I approached that particular segment, which I didn't want others to know about. Details I've wanted to record before have been things like the speed I could safely hold round a bend/corner approaching the segment and exactly where to hit the maximum power switch.  Obviously the ride needs to be public for a KOM attempt, but the way I approached it should be my private notes.

    I might also put in specific medical details, again I don't want anyone else to know about, but I want to be able to remind myself about at a later date, when reviewing a ride.  This use case came to me today as I am currently on medication and noticed my heart rate and power were much lower than normal, despite my effort level being normal (and me being well rested).  I wanted to keep private notes to remind me should I look at this ride in the future and wonder why my heart rate was so low.

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  • Please make the option to hide the start time of an activity to also include FOLLOWERS. It seems a simple on/off slide or radio button select option from within the activity would work. The user can have a selected default and change as needed depending on the activity.

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  • I would like to completely block a stalker from seeing anything about me for my personal safety. However, I am trying to move on and live my life, and competing in public leaderboards is important to that effort. Could you please make it possible for me to compete in public leaderboard challenges (which requires me to make my rides visible to “everyone”) without allowing him to even see a single piece of info about me?? Even though I currently have him blocked, he can still see how many times I’ve ridden in the past four weeks and what neighborhood I have listed as my home area. (Yikes!!!) and also some other info about me. Please take women’s safety seriously!!!!!!! You’ll get a lot more women subscribers if you do. I will delete my subscription if I don’t get some ability to control what this creep sees. If you have any women in your life, talk to them about someone who has incessantly contacted them. Listen to their stories. It’s so tiresome to have blocked someone from calling, emailing, and texting you, only to have them try to friend you on Strava, the one place where you come to challenge yourself and blow off the stress from being stalked. Allow to to live my life without this POS lurking at every corner of the internet. Please!!!!!!!

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  • There should be more granularity in the Flyby privacy settings. I should be able to toggle it on by default for anything tagged as a race or by activity type. I should also be able to enable or disable the flyby for an individual activity, similar to the other privacy settings.

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  • More "Who can see" options:

    Hello, while Strava has some privacy controls, it can have a lot more.

    One thing I would love to be able to is to configure further who can see stuff, "Everyone", "Followers", "Only Me" is a bit too few.

    I think you should look at Facebook, which both lets you configure privacy for basically every data as well as a whole lot of options in regards to how you can decide who can see it (for instance hiding/showing to specific/lists).

    You should look into adding the following to "Who can see":

    • Hiding AND/OR show (rather than just show to).
    • Specific people.
    • Lists
    • Friends/followers of followers.

    Privacy is important, and for some more important and even necessary than for others. Strava should be something everyone can use, even those who have more important security/privacy concerns etc. (for instance due to stalkers, violence etc). 

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  • I cannot find the setting to either allow other atheletes to just follow me, or to make them submit a "request to follow" me. You would think it would be in the privacy controls but I just can't see it there.

    Thanks.

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  • Cathy Tait this is controlled by your profile's visibility settings (adjust it to "Followers" for this capability).

    You have two options for your profile visibility, Everyone or Followers. In either scenario, there will always be a public version of your profile available to the Strava Community and users on the web. For more information on this setting, see this article.

    • When you select “Everyone”, anyone on Strava can search for and view your complete profile page and activity summaries, as well as follow you.

    • When you select “Followers”, members who follow you can see your complete profile page. Anyone can search for and view certain profile information, and you can approve who follows you.

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  •  - Blocked Persons -

     

    Why can a person, which I had blocked, can see my name, pictures, kilometers of the last 3 month? I suggest that "blocked" means that that person cannot see anything of my dates on strava. I suggest that blocked persons cannot find me on strava.

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  • Please make it possible to hide activities for specific people.

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  • I would like the ability to Hide HR Data on new activities by default. I am very surprised this is not already possible.

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  • The Strava Beacon feature requires you to upload your whole address book, although one probably only wants to add few contacts if at all. This requirement to upload the whole address book makes no sense and is a disproportional necessity. 

    I want to be able to chose one telephone number only to use the Strava Beacon feature. It would allow me to do keep my address book private and still be safe if something happens. 

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  • Please add an option to disable the auto-group feature completely. I don't want to be grouped with strangers or followers. I want to be able to turn it off completely. Thanks.

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  • Flyby Feature - When you unilaterally decided to disable the flyby feature for everyone without telling ANYONE, you destroyed the usefulness of the feature altogether.  It used to be a fun, useful tool, but now there is nobody that even knows it is still available if they would go into their settings and re-enable it. 

    I understand the privacy concerns, but those are already taken into account with people's privacy settings of who can see their activity.  Rather than disable the feature for everyone, enable it for everyone but only for activities that are set to "everyone".  Those people are already consenting to letting others see their activity.  Those who are concerned about others seeing their activity already have the option to limit who can see it, they don't need you to do it again for them behind the scenes. 

    The flyby feature is great for races as a way to see how the race progressed.  It is also good for connecting with those people who you get a glimpse of out on the trail but just didn't get a chance to say hi or recognize exactly who it was that waved at you.  

    Again, please re-enable the flyby feature for everyone. If you are concerned about privacy, just disable the functionality for rides not marked as "everyone".  This would maintain the usefulness of the feature while also maintaining the privacy of those who want it.

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  • Please add conditional default privacy.

    I love Strava automatically sharing all my bike rides with followers, flybys and the occasional segment onlooker as soon as my Edge gets Wifi or bluetooth, kind of like it to have (but not share) my unspectacular commutes, the occasional therapeutical strength work and things like that (this is what fitness smartwatches are made for), but I absolutely hate the idea of filling my buddies' feed with snippets of five minute heart rate and junk like that.

    Just keep the easy default privacy setting and add an empty list of workout type/default privacy override tuples that can be filled by advanced users (remember: advanced users are those most likely to subscribe). Your typical Edge-toting cyclist with a Vivoactive for the occasional stability workout would then set "default default" to private and "cycling default" to share. Because strictly speaking, sharing cannot be undone, the alternative wouldn't be "default share, manually hide", it would be the reverse: default to hide, manually share the nice onces (which is also more practical: after a nice ride the cyclist will check Strava anyways, an opportunity for manual sharing, but manual hiding after some minor activity is only a chore).


    Bonus points for also allowing conditions on that list, e.g. "only override the default default for cycling if duration is longer than x minutes" (clearly duration would be the lowest hanging fruit in conditions because it's quite universal between activity types)

     

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  • A long awaited feature, listed already several times here.

    I even had an interview with Strava staff 1.5 year ago about this: hide start time.

    Why ? I do not like the idea to log my position on the internet, but I like segments and sharing with friends. Then the compromise to have the day and NOT the time of activities would be acceptable.

     

    (since many years I change manually the start time of my activities using a 3rd party app to manipulate GPX files, long and tedious, and prevents me from using auto-upload features like Garmin Connect or Suunto Movescount)

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  • Hi,

    I would absolutely love to be able to have specific privacy settings for activity types. Perhaps you could have a "global" default, with then the ability to customize.

    What this would allow me to do is to log things like walks with the kids, dog, yoga sessions, etc., without flooding my followers' feeds, while still maintaining the data. Right now, I would usually just not record those from my garmin watch because I often forget to go back in and make it private, and want my default setting to be public given that would be the most of my ride types.

    Thank you!

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  • Seconding the requests to allow for finer-grained privacy controls on activities. Even if the activity itself is public, I'd like the ability to make certain things (description, location, start time, etc.) private.

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  • Enable changing the activity visibility settings per activity type

    Not exactly a privacy issue but rather something to de-clutter the timeline: please enable the functionality to change privacy control defaults for specific activity types. 

    Example: Besides running and cycling, I also like to track my walking activities. Especially because there are Strava and Garmin walking challenges that I participate in. But I would rather set my walking activity default to "visible only to me" so that it still gets counted in challenges but does not clutter up my friends' feeds. 

    This is not as much about hiding my activities as it is about making sure I don't spam my friends' timeline with a 2.5km dog walk. If I'd do a 20 km hike, I'd gladly enable it manually for the world to see if I felt that way.

    Right now, I can only either enable or disable the visibility for all my activities combined (the Everyone - Followers - Only You found in Privacy Controls) or do it one by one (an unnecessary hassle). I would still like to share all my runs and rides by default, while hiding my walks for the sake of my friends' Strava feed purity.

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  • Please add an option to set the privacy per activity.

    I would like to share my cycling trips and my running exercises but don't want to pollute my followers' timeline with my daily 20 mins walk in the park.

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  • Allow user-selected segmant Leaderboard participation without making the entire activity public

    I think this is similar, if not the same as Rosemary Taylor (October 15, 2020 17:02) above, which I've upvoted. I'm just phrasing it here a different way.

    I understand the privacy implications of entire activities being visible to everyone, and I choose not to allow everyone to view, but I don't see any issues with leader board participation for efforts on segments (smaller parts of an activity) that I choose, thus allowing me to be on the leader board but still keep entire activities private or for my followers. For the amount of money you are now charging for subscriptions this seems like a logical feature, since you place so much emphasis on the leaderboards. My times would but public, but nothing else about the activity would be. Obviously the segment's location would be known and it would be known that I did that segment, but only my segment time and date (not time) of effort is posted.

    These boards are a quite strange way of doing this, since i can't comment on other's requests. Have you considered uservoice?

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  • I would like to be able to have my activities included in challenges, while still keeping them private (visible only to me). Some of the distance challenges would have me making public ALL of my running activities during a given time period, meaning that my route, start, and stop time is fully trackable. It really struck me when your app 'awarded' me a 'Local Legend' (which I really wish wasn't there) on a segment that I run almost every day at almost the same time, means that everyone who might be interested, for whatever reason, knows my exact movements. Even with the radius around my home blocked (5/8ths of a mile) it is still easy to predict where I will be, and this is unsettling. Yet I do find the challenges motivational; but now that I've made everything private, those are out the window. This cannot be a difficult programming problem to fix. Thanks.

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  • I second a lot of the comments posted here. The ability to hide or randomize start times is a GREAT privacy feature to add. With the pandemic I am sure that most everyone is starting runs at/near their homes. 

    I also like ability to regenerate the privacy zone but I think this should be done also at random without the user having to go in and manually regenerate it. 

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  • I want people in my club to see my activities in the club feed even if they are not my followers but I don't want everyobdy in the world to see my complete profile.

    Currently for club members to see your activity you need to put your profile visibility on "everyone" but I think there should be an intermediate step between only followers and everyone in the world.

    You could for example add the option "followers and club members" to the profile visibility.

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  • Another vote to make Flyby feature useful again.  But I'm going to play devil's advocate here...

    If the reason they disabled Flyby was for privacy and potential stalking (per article that started it) then segments must go as well.

    If I pass someone out on the road and want to know who they were, all I have to do is create a segment for that area and wait an hour for the leaderboard to populate.  Then just find the recent activities for that segment and BANG I usually know where they live.

    Segments must go in the name of privacy!  That or Flyby's should be made useful again.

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  • Simple 1mile blackout of home location on all Flyby routes and this feature would no longer be a privacy issue. Another option is for users to choose what can and can not be shared in Flyby.
    It's a great shame Flyby was removed and I'd loved to see it back.

    I've used it multiple times to get inspiration for new routes.

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  • I enjoyed a ride to Plymstock Devon UK today and was delighted to find I had a few PRs on Strava Segments upon return. Alas one of these segments had been given a very offensive name. I don't really want this attached to my profile or stats.

    I could maybe delete this segement on my record but it may show up when I next ride it and also others who may also be offended. Can Strava change or get the name changed please.

    I am going to leave it on my profile for the next few days so that any moderators can see it.

    Robert

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  • Can you please make the privacy zone bigger, this would be a great option, as I have just had all my bikes stolen, when you view the privacy zone it only blocks out x 2 streets where I stay if the zone was 2 or 3 times bigger this would make an address harder to find and more secure

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  • I would love to select the kind of activities I share. I want followers to see runs and rides but have no need for them to see workouts and yoga. I am a full member so want to record all exercise for my training pages However don't need to share it all.

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  • Jojo I would please like the ability to control who can favorite me in their Following list and then receive notifications when I upload an activity. I don't mind if someone wants to go searching for me and my activities in Strava, but automated real-time notifications of my activity is a bit much IMO.

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  • If I block an athlete, I should not be showing up in their “people you may know” suggestion list, especially when we have no mutual friends. I’ve also had instances where I’ve made activities viewable to my followers only, and I’ve had people who do not follow me check to see if they can see the activity, and they were able to. The fact that blocked athletes are still able to see my profile is very concerning. 

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