Pokemon GO has been an international sensation since its release. Users have been wandering around looking for Pokemons thanks to the GPS technology. It is typical of new games to have bugs and issues but one thing that should concern users is their Pokemon Go privacy.
In a report by Joseph Bernstein in Buzzfeed, Pokemon Go can tell a lot of things about users as they travel and search for their Pokemons. The app, like many GPS-based, gets information like the places that you go to, the length of time you stay and who you are with. Fourspace and Tinder does the same thing. But Pokemon Go?s incredible map data and just the sheer number of users has the potential to create the most detailed database of users? location and activities.
This kind of information is being stored in one place, with one company and that is Niantic Inc., the small augmented reality development firm. Niantic can also share this information with third-party service providers for research and demographic profiling. This includes the Pokemon Company.
No, this is not a conspiracy. This is a legit privacy issue that needs to be addressed by both company and its users in case Niantic servers are hacked.
You can check the type of your Pokemon GO access here. If it has ?full account access? it can basically do anything. Here?s an excerpt of what ?full account access? really ?means ?from Google Support itself.
?When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account (but it can?t change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf).?
?This ?Full account access? privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet.?
This just means you give whatever app a free rein to your entire account. The only things it cannot do is change your password, make payments and delete your account. Does that mean that it could read your emails? Does that mean it could send emails as you? How about see your stored photos? If we take that at face value, it sure does mean that.
If you are not comfortable with this, you can click ?Revoke access? button here. Do you trust Pokemon GO enough to give it full access to your account? Does the fun outweigh the risk or is there no risk at all? What do you think? Leave your thoughts below.