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Wednesday | July 13, 2016

The Villages Suntimes  | By Jay Jacobs – Millions of people have downloaded “Pokemon Go” since it hit app stores last week, and people are taking to the streets in their hunt for Pokemon. On their end, Google placed restrictions on the company having full access Google accounts.

In a statement, they said:”We recently discovered that the Pokemon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account”, it said in a statement.

If you still feel nervous about how the app uses and tracks your data (a potentially valid concern), use an old phone for the game, instead of the “real” phone you use for your general day-to-day activities, so it’s less tied to your online identity.

The free application based on a Nintendo title that debuted 20 years ago has been adapted to the mobile internet age by Niantic Labs, a company spun out of Google last year after breaking ground with Ingress, a game that merged mapping capabilities with play. However, there was a risk of people being able to log in as Pokemon GO users if their “security token” was exchanged for a certain thing. “Specifically, because you must have an account with Google, Pokémon Trainer Club (“PTC”), or Facebook before registering to create an Account, we will collect PII (such as your Google email address, your PTC registered email address, and/or your Facebook registered email address) that your privacy settings with Google, PTC, or Facebook permit us to access”. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokemon Go or Niantic.

When Frankie James signed up for Pokemon Go, he had no idea he was giving the company behind it full access to his Google account.

“It seems to have been done by mistake”, claimed mobile security expert Domingo Guerra. “While this release is undoubtedly impressive”, Franken wrote, “I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent”. And users who do click through aren’t actually offered any paid software, but instead asked to authenticate in an attempt to steal credentials from major email providers. They can view photos or other private user data.

“When you’re involved in a game and not paying attention to what’s going on around you, your situational awareness can go down”, Greensboro, North Carolina police officer Ben Wingfield told local television.

Pokemon Go comes with warnings to players to remain aware of their surroundings. The game was the most downloaded free app on Apple’s app store while Nintendo’s shares surged almost 25 percent for their biggest daily gains in history after Pokemon Go’s takeoff.

Read the original article in The Villages Suntimes here.