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

Pokemon GO Releases First Update To Game

Pokemon GO Releases First Update To Game

Earlier this week, players discovered that signing in with a Google account granted the developer full access to that account, including location data, recent web browsing information, and the ability to both read and write email.

However, that code does grant a certain amount of access to a user's Google-held data to the third-party application. An increasing number of apps are using Google and Facebook accounts as login methods, potentially exposing users to security vulnerabilities and privacy violations. So, in the spirit of entrepreneurship, Chinese developers are capitalizing on Nintendo's augmented-reality mobile game by offering their own knockoff versions.

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.

"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", said Niantic, which split off from Google's parent company Alphabet past year.

But despite blasting the firm for "epic carelessness", Reeve believes Niantic is not abusing these permissions, dismissing the idea of a "global information heist". I don't know how I'd need to trigger that change, or whether it applies to all past signups, or only to new ones. This is just the latest in a string of problems that has been plaguing Pokemon GO, which has drawn some negative press for reports of criminals using the app to rob players.

Pokemon GO has been seeing huge popularity on the iOS app store, recently beating out Tinder in downloads.

The makers of Pokemon Go - the insanely popular smartphone game - were forced to make emergency fixes to the game because the app gave the company an unprecedented level of access into players' personal lives.

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