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Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Hit App Pokemon Go Raises Security Concerns for Google Account Holders

Hit App Pokemon Go Raises Security Concerns for Google Account Holders

The Pokemon Go craze has vaulted the game to new levels of app store downloads and adoption, surpassing stalwarts like Tinder and becoming the No. 1 hit on the iOS App Store.

In his letter, Franken touches on the Google account access issue that we previously discussed, but his requests reach further than that.

Windows 10 Mobile may not be so irrelevant after all, judging from an online petition signed by more than 44,000 users who want a mobile game called Pokemon Go (you may have heard of it) developed for Windows 10 and its mobile variant.

In response to concerns, Niantic, the company that developed the game for Nintendo, said that the game's request for full account access was a mistake, and said "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".

The user can then enter their Google account details, which then authorizes their log in attempt, and if successful, redirects them back to the app to proceed with playing the game.

Pokemon Go's iOS update went live earlier today, promising better stability to prevent the game from repeatedly crashing, in addition to updates for those who use Google accounts to log into Go. "As the augmented reality market evolves, I ask that you provide greater clarity on how Niantic is addressing issues of privacy and security, particularly that of its younger players".

The new Google permissions setting means that the game's creators can now see your Google profile information, which includes basic information like your gender and age if you've made that available.

Security experts panned the request as invasive and warned gamers from granting access.

Similarly, Oculus and Facebook were just recently at the center of privacy concerns of their own. Businesses are using the game, released in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand last week, to advertise products or services. That's a safety violation!

In the "augmented reality" game, users are encouraged to visit real-world landmarks such as train stations, churches and museums in order to find and trap cartoon creatures.

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