Since when Pokemon Go was released for iOS and Android, lots of people are addicted to search for Pokemon in real life. In the US alone, there are already more than 21 million active accounts. Few days back, the company witnessed a 10% increase in the market share, now standing at 86% since the game’s released last week.
Pokemon Go: Personal Data Collected By The Developers While You Play
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The Niantic, developer Pokemon Go is collecting basic data while people playing, such as name, location, IP address and registered email. Some other application also accesses these things, so the problem does not stop there.
In order to play Pokemon Go you need to Sign in with Google account, even if you are playing the iOS version, as pointed out in this article, from there the company can access and even modify files saved in Google Drive, such as photos, access more personal data and emails.
Pokemon Go and Niantic can now:
- Read all your email
- Send email as you
- Access all your Google drive documents (including deleting them)
- Look at your search history and your Maps navigation history
- Access any private photos, you may store in Google Photos
- And a whole lot more
Niantic will not go around to steal this data, but it can have access to them in an easier way. Also, we are not putting doubt on the company’s nature, but the growing popularity of Pokemon Go can attract the attention of hackers, which will change things into a nightmare.
In a statement to Gizmodo Monday night, Niantic said they started working on a fix and verified with Google that nothing beyond basic profile information had been accessed.
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.