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Love Pokemon Go? The game could put your privacy at risk

Jul 16, 2016

Love Pokemon Go? The game could put your privacy at riskPokemon Go is a game for android and iOS. In the game, you have to search Pokemon’s in the real world. In recent days there is a concern in the users related to their privacy. This game requires Google sign in to play and this game has access to the entire Google account.Love Pokemon Go? The game could put you privacy at risk

Love Pokemon Go? The game could put your privacy at risk

This game can read and write emails, view your Google Docs, search history and Maps use. The game is to only use the location data, but it has access to the entire Google account. Niantic, company of the game, has access to the account of millions of users. Some people think that it is the result of carelessness by the company. But now the users are losing their trust in this company as their privacy is in danger. There is no option for iPhone users, either they have a risk for their personal data or they have to remove the app.

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The company announced that they are updating the app to revoke the permissions related to the privacy of users. The company said that “We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.”

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