Pokemon Go may pose privacy concerns

Posted at 2:57 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 15:40:02-04

Pokemon Go has taken the world by storm and its popularity has gotten a little dangerous.

From near accidents as Pokemon trainers aimlessly cross streets without looking, to the latest warning from the New York State DMV reminding players not to catch 'em and drive, the game has proven to be somewhat of an addiction.

What Poke-addicts may not know is the amount of privacy they are giving up to the software development behind the game, Niantic, Inc.

According to section 3E of the Pokemon Go Privacy Policy, Niantic “…may disclose any information about you (or your authorized child) that is in [their] possession or control to government or law enforcement officials or private parties as [Niantic], in [their] sole discretion, believe necessary or appropriate…”

This means that by giving the gaming company access to your accounts and camera, they have the right to give up information about you if they find any activity they consider illegal, unethical or legally actionable.

Just be sure to catch 'em with caution.