Pokémon Go may have been unleashed on the world only a week ago but already legal issues are popping up as frequent as Rattatas. The augmented reality sensation is raising multiple potential legal problems including possible trespass, privacy worries and, discovered a few days after the games release, major data security concerns.
It was discovered that some iOS users that signed in with a Google account granted the app full permission to their accounts. Such access theoretically allows Pokémon Go to read all your emails, look at your search history, access photos, Google Drive docs and more. Niantic, the creators, released a statement saying that such permission was erroneously requested and that the app has only accessed users’ basic Google profile information, specifically their User ID and email address. The company took positive action and fixed the problem, no longer requesting full access from new sign ups and reducing the permissions for current users with its first patch.
The main lesson from this is not new, everyone should be aware of, and preferably read first, any terms related to data and privacy before agreeing. Ultimately though large data access by apps is so commonplace it is easy to be complacent. But stay mindful and remember, absolutely nothing is ever secure on the internet.
Pokémon Go isn’t reading your Gmail. The makers of the hot, new mobile game are fixing a bug that allowed the app to gain full access to users’ accounts, when they signed in using their Google account information.