[Franken] is raising privacy concerns with Pokémon Go, a new smartphone game that millions of users around the country have downloaded in the past week.
Niantic have shared new details about the game, including warnings on only downloading the game from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. A Missouri police department reported robbers using a secluded "PokeStop" location to rob unsuspecting game players.
Global Positioning System chips in player's smartphones are used to map their real-life movements onto the game world, while software overlays the 3D characters onto the view through the phone's camera.
There is one thing to note - you've probably heard about how the game has full access to your Google account if you signed into it on iPhone before an app update was released on July 12.
Some noble and not-so noble test subjects on Reddit report that, rather than simply locking you out of the game, Pokemon Go turns cheaters' worlds into cold and lonely places. Reason being, the game is finally available in Germany, aside from Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. which got it last week.
Niantic says the app can access only basic Google profile information, despite the message in the permissions' window, and is working on a client-side fix. In the App store in the United States it was also the top grossing app.
The title was jointly developed by Niantic, Pokémon Company and Nintendo. In Missouri, nearly a dozen young Pokemon Go collectors have fallen prey to these criminals.
Since its launch last week, "Pokemon Go" has become an extraordinary phenomenon.
Interestingly, many players have trouble keeping up with the Pokemons in the real world, according to Nintendo Life. With that information, developers have generated Pokemon that appear around users and in the environments near them. I predict the continued growth of augmented reality games that bring together the real world and the game world through ubiquitous technologies. Craigslist ads for "Pokemon Go" drivers have been listed in cities such as Chicago, New York and the Washington D.C. area.