Hope you already heard about the most popular reality game, Pokemon Go. Discover Pokémon in the Real World!
To play this game, this app will use your smartphone features like camera, GPS and position sensors which will help to create an illusion of cute cartoon “pocket monsters” are standing in your house or in the street nearby. After that you have to grab the pokemon characters by using free Pokeballs.
Well, from the day Pokemon Go launched, it’s become the most popular smartphone app of all times, surpassing the all the previous record held by Candy Crush Saga and even WhatsApp.
Till now, the game became the most active mobile game in the United States ever, over 21 million active users, as compare to Candy Crush Saga’s which have 20 million active users.
As reported, The Pokémon Company and Nintendo share price risen from 10% to as high as 50%, as result it booms the stock value of Pokemon Go. Nintendo only owning a 33% stake in Pokemon franchise and only receiving 30% sales revenue of Pokemon Go, which give them share price approximately $14.5 billion. Nintendo’s market value increased by US$9 billion within five days of release of Pokémon Go.
Pokemon Go: Problem:
But the problem begin, when Pokemon Go app requires data for works and more. The point is what this app collect and what the company is doing with this data.
As per the game required the Pokemon Go users have to agree on their T&C, in which the game required full access to your Google account when you sign in. Full access allows the app — and the company — to “see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account,” according to Google’s My Account privacy controls.
While, it doesn’t have access to passwords or payment information, but it can read users emails, see what you’ve been searching for, Drive-based files, photos, videos and any content within their Google accounts. Now what’s left?
The company, Niantic, said the request was a mistake and has reportedly changed the access requirement in updates to the game. But the question remains: Why did so many users give a game designed for 10-year-olds full access to everything Google knows about them?
It uses a Google map and your real-world GPS location to direct you to Pokémon you can catch. But that information can be misused. Already, stories are circulating of criminals targeting Pokémon players for robberies, and a man who claims he was dumped after his girlfriend discovered he was cheating by looking at his game history — and these are just people exploiting the nature of the game, not hacking anyone’s data.
So, keep this in your mind before agree with their policies that you’re allowing them to access your whole data including your email, browser data and more other information of yours. We need to be more cautious with our privacy unless and until companies come around to more common-sense policies and best practices when it comes to what they collect of our data and how they use it.