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Sex Offenders in New York Banned from Playing Pokémon Go

written by Jordan Cobb August 3, 2016

Pokémon Go continues to be a worldwide phenomena as people from everywhere go wherever to catch them all. Though the state of New York is now banning convicted sex offenders from playing the game.


After concerns that the game might be attracting players to sex offender’s homes, Governor Andrew Cuomo had the state restrict paroled sex offenders from downloading and playing Pokémon Go and other games that rely on GPS location. This comes after State Senators Diane Savino (D-S.I.) and Jeff Klein’s (D-Bronx) attempts to pass legislation to restrict the game from players coming within 100 feet of the home of any convicted sex offender. New York state corrections already bans sex offenders from any kind of access to playing internet games in conjunction Cuomo’s directive.

Savino and Klein had sent staff members to the homes of more than 100 offenders that were convicted of sex crimes that involved children or child pornography possession to play Pokémon Go. Staffers reported that Pokémon appeared at nearly 57 percent of the homes. When PokéStops and Pokémon Gyms were factored in, it went up to 73 percent.


On the situation, Cuomo said,

“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims. These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”

Cuomo’s office reportedly reached out to Pokémon Go developer, Niantic about this specific issue and has called upon greater data sharing with other app developers as well.

Apple and Google will start working with the Department of Criminal Justice Services to enhance the safety of the game’s users.

What do you think of this story? Are the right measures being taken or do they need to do more? How long do you think until other states adopt the same measures as New York? Does this deter you from playing Pokémon Go? Let us know in the comments below?

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