Published: Wed, July 13, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Pokemon Go gets full access to users' Google accounts

According to SimilarWeb, in fact (via Forbes), Nintendo and Niantic Lab's game is growing so fast that its daily users are about to surpass none other than Twitter's, at least on Android. Reeve claimed that the company gains a great deal of access to users' Google accounts - including the ability to view users' Gmail messages - when they use their Google credentials to log into Pokémon Go. "Pokemon GO" gamers and fans all over the world are insane over the new Pokemon game and even though they're not from the country mentioned above, "Pokemon GO" fans still found a way to play the game but there is a tradeoff.

If you've done the old one-two on iTunes, and sidestepped the App Store's region locks (see here for details), the Pokémon Go app automatically has permission to go through all of your Gmail records and search history.

For the moment, City Elf Go is growing in popularity especially in China, but without an English version, it's hard to believe that it could ever expand beyond the country's boundaries.

Pokemon GO is EVERYWHERE on social media right now.

Thanks for the tip, Jer! In exchange for allowing you to catch Pokémon in the real world; however, Pokemon GO catches full access to your google account.

By Monday, Pokemon Go had been downloaded millions of times, topping rankings at official online shops for applications tailored for smartphones powered by Apple or Google-backed Android software.

Niantic has released a response to Engadget over the situation, clearly stating that Pokemon GO only access "basic Google profile information" like your User ID and email address.

It was only a matter of time before a privacy-minded lawmaker got involved in this.

"Google will soon reduce Pokemon Go's permission to only the basic profile data that Pokemon Go needs", the company said.

Pokémon Go is an app for your smart phone and available for download for free.

He added that the developers probably did this as a "result of epic carelessness", rather than planning some "global personal information heist". There are also privacy and security red flags.

We will keep you up to date whenever Niantic addresses the issue.

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