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Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pokémon Go may be accessing a lot of your personal information


As reported by Buzzfeed and other outlets, logging into the game via Google is giving the game access to all of your email information and data. Either way, Niantic's statement should put at least some of the privacy concerns over this hot new game to rest. This is probably just the result of epic carelessness.

Now on your phone, go to settings security allow unknown sources check this. I don't know how well they will guard this awesome new power they've granted themselves, and frankly I don't trust them at all.

The issue seems to be limited to people who play the game on iOS, and not everyone's account has been affected.

He also said people wandering streets to catch Pokémon need to be careful. It also requires a strong internet connection - either Wi-Fi or 3G or 4G data signal - as well as use of your Global Positioning System, so make sure you've got enough battery charge before you start heading out into the wild to catch 'em all.

And ultimately the point is: whether they're going to do it or not, we don't really want companies to have complete access to our email records, do we?

However, the same level of control is not yet available when it comes to online authorisation systems.

Watch Hannah Saunders' full report to see how some gamers are using the app.

Niantic released a statement allaying all fears, saying Pokemon Go only accesses basic Google profile information (user ID and email address) and that no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected.

The way that the Pokémon Go app was originally structured made it possible for its creators to access, view and change nearly every piece of information in its users' Google accounts.

This is also a good time to point out that even if Niantic reduces Google accounts full-access to something really basic, it will still have access to your precise geographical location and camera/microphone data using the game.

The only big difference is that the game is in Chinese, and it doesn't use the phone's camera for the augment reality features that you get in Pokemon Go, so the experience is a little bit more limited.

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