'Pokemon Go' keeps tabs on you as you chase down Pikachu

'Pokemon Go' keeps tabs on you as you chase down Pikachu

'Pokemon Go' keeps tabs on you as you chase down Pikachu

Gamers are insane about the latest Nintendo game Pokemon GO. According to stats out today, Pokemon Go was rolled out across the world last week and already has nearly the same number of daily Android users as Twitter. Pokemon Go is largely built on Niantic's previous title Ingress, which made significant use of real-world location data, but nothing either game does would justify or require total access to one's Google account. Pokemon GO was rolled out on July 6 and is now available in the US, where it's dominating the list of top free apps on both the App Store and Google Play Store, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. "This "Full account access" privilege should only be granted to applications you fully trust, and which are installed on your personal computer, phone, or tablet". Developers decide to ask for however much access they need, so somewhere along the line, someone at Niantic chose to ask for the keys to the house.

"We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account". Reeve claimed that the company gains a great deal of access to users' Google accounts - including the ability to view users' Gmail messages - when they use their Google credentials to log into Pokémon Go.

You can download Pokemon GO for iOS from here, Android here.

Users have found that the app is granting full account access to their Google account without asking their permission.

Android users can sideload the app directly onto their devices, while iPhone owners have been able to get their hands on the game by creating a new Apple ID that uses a US, Australian, or New Zealand region.

So if, for some reason, you can't actually play Pokemon Go right now (although we do know that, whatever this reason is, you can easily bypass it), you can always try the next best thing, and this is called City Elf Go. Is Pokemon Go a fad, or will it continue to dominate for some time?

Instead, simply revoke permissions in the security sections of your Google account, and it shouldn't affect the way you play the app.

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