Two words I never thought I’d use in a sentence: privacy and Pokémon.

If you thought Pikachu was resigned to a distant memory, then you were mistaken. The popular 90’s cartoon has since been revived in app form, called Pokémon GO.

Put simply, the Pokémon GO app uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make Pokémon “appear” around you in somewhat of an augmented reality. You then, “gotta catch em’ all”, I promise that’s all I know.

So what does this have to do with privacy? The problem arises when no permissions are required to use your entire Google account, Maps, search history and private photos. Recent reports have shown sporadic Google account access has breached security.

At present, iPhone users have no option but to risk leaked data or to kill the app. While Android users have yet to present any negative reports. I guess Pikachu will have some explaining to do.

iPhone users of Pokemon GO, beware: the app has access to your entire Google account. That’s a major problem for fans of the game.

Source: Forbes



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