Hit App Pokemon Go Raises Security Concerns for Google Account Holders

Now, as they had originally led users to believe, Niantic only has access to one's Google ID and email address.

The player's Google username and password are never shared directly with the game, however, Google says that it "sends a random code to third-party sites to enable you to sign in to these sites with your Google Account". If you see any evidence of your Google account permissions changing after this update, let us know.

"[Trading Pokemon] is kind of a core element", Hanke recently told Business Insider, remaining tight-lipped on the feature but said that it will add to the game's premise-encourage users to interact with fellow players in real life.

Reeve went further and detailed exactly what Niantic could access, including emails, Google Drive documents, search and maps history and private photos stored in Google Photos.

Pokemon GO on Tuesday released an updated version on iOS to reduce the number of data permissions it sought from Google account users. Just days after being made available in the US, the mobile game Pokemon Go has jumped to become the top-grossing app in the App Store. Niantic clarified only basic profile information was being utilized, but that has been made clear in the most recent app update with a note of the "fixed Google account scope".

Al Franken is chasing Pokemon Go too, but not for fun.

Franken, who chairs the Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, wants Niantic to explain how it "collects a broad array of users' personal information", including their account information, location data and cookies.

"As the augmented reality market evolves, I ask that you provide greater clarity on how Niantic is addressing issues of user privacy and security, particularly that of its younger players", he added.

Since its July 6 release, the game has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon, captivating the attention of users across the U.S. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases.

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