Pokemon Go gets Google users into serious trouble

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Pokemon Go has become the subject of recent security concerns when a Google user discovered that the game has full access to their Google accounts.

A recent post by security expert Adam Reeve has raised too much attention in the tech circle when it revealed that players who sign in through their Google account grant Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs access into the entirety of their account data.

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According to Adam Reeve, anyone who signed up for Pokemon Go with a Google account has perhaps unknowingly given Nintendo and developer Niantic Labs full account access, which means that they can see just about anything related to your Google account. Emails, photos, documents, all of your past location and search history – you name it – they have it all.

It’s now clear, Niantic and Nintendo are gaining access to and collecting a lot of user’s personal information, The Verge reported.

However, Niantic Labs, the Google spinoff company that created the smash-hit game Pokemon Go, said that it never intended for the game to get full access to users’ Google accounts.

According to Niantic Labs, Google said that the game app has not accessed any user data beyond basic profile information and that Google is planning to reduce Pokemon Go’s access to only the limited info that it needs to access.

On Monday, reports surfaced claiming that some users who downloaded the app were unknowingly handing over the keys to broad information from their Google account, including Gmail and even maps history information.

And it’s not just the map history, most users accepted a level of invasive monitoring willingly, turning the game into GPS-based privacy evading stuff.

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In Pokemon Go’s privacy policy, Niantic Labs details what kind of s information it collects from users, via the Niantic Labs:

“We collect certain information that your (or your authorized child’s) mobile device sends when you (or your authorized child) use our Services, like a device identifier, user settings, and the operating system of your (or your authorized child’s) device, as well as information about your use of our Services while using the mobile device,” the policy reads. “We may use this information to provide the Services and to improve and personalize our Services for you (or your authorized child).”

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