Recently the world of Pokemon GO was put in a tizzy. A player named Adam Reeve discovered that on iOS Pokemon GO would have full access to your Google account information should you choose to log in the game that way. This access would allow Niantic to theoretically read all your email, send email as if they were you, access all your Google drive documents, see your search history and private photos, among many other things.
Many aspiring trainers thought this was just an oversight, others came up with wild conspiracies, others just posted NSFW images with Pokemon as if nothing was happening. Luckily, I play on Android and the permissions asked of Niantic aren’t as invasive of my privacy.
However, Niantic has responded to the outcry from justifiably angry users with the following statement:
“We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.”
So it looks like it was just an oversight on Niantic’s part. Let the world heave a collective sigh of relief. We can still “catch ’em all” worry free. Your information, those oh so important images of your summer vacation, and the fact that you searched for “vore” (don’t google vore) are now your own personal secrets.
So, did this information affect any of you geeks playing Pokemon GO? Or, did the addiction hit you so hard you were willing to sell your right arm to be allowed to play, so damn the permissions and personal privacy? By the way, be safe out there geeks, the world is a little messed up sometimes.
Source: Niantic Labs