Pokemon Go and cybersecurity risks

Pokemon Go and cybersecurity risks

Pokemon Go may be emblematic of new risks and hazards to consumers in the digital age.  In addition to your location data, Pokemon Go collects your email address, IP address, the web page you were using before logging into Pokémon Go, your username, and your location. And if you use your Google account for sign-in, Niantic may have access to your entire Google account, including read/write access to your email and Google docs.

It also may share this information with other parties, including the Pokémon Company that co-developed the game, “third-party service providers,” and “third parties” to conduct “research and analysis, demographic profiling, and other similar purposes.” It also, per the policy, may share any information it collects with law enforcement in response to a legal claim, to protect its own interests, or stop “illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity.”


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