Pokemon Go privacy issues cleared up

Pokemon Go privacy issues cleared up
12 July 2016

Nintendo have got a shot in the arm, getting a £5.8 billion boost thanks to the wild success of Pokemon Go, which has seen people playing a game that requires you to walk around with your mobile, look through your camera, and catch characters.

That was a sly recap for ancient people who say they just don't understand what this game is about. If you don't understand that, then you go back to whittling spoons on the back porch and tutting at any music that was made after you were 18 years old.

Anyway, there has been some problems with the game.

Some people have been concerned about privacy issues, after the Pokemon Go app wanted 'full access' to your Google account.

Well, Niantic Labs who developed the app have vowed to fix the error, after the company seemed to have used outdated user agreements.

This was a problem for iPhone users, and those playing the game on Android don't appear to have had this problem.

In short, Niantic Labs have no interest in reading your emails or even having access to them, or delete documents in your Google Drive, look at your browser and map history, or anything like that.

Niantic Labs said that they "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".

"We recently discovered that the Pokemon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account," it said in a statement.

"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."

TOPICS:   Mobile   Games

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