Niantic responds to Pokémon Go personal data fears

Developers assures users that location-based game will not breach privacy
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Pokemon Go co-creator Niantic has said that it is not accessing iOS users’ entire Google accounts.

It emerged yesterday that, if a Google account is used at sign-in, the iOS version of the game grants itself complete access to the associated user account upon installation. This led to fears that Niantic would have access to emails, documents and a potential harvest of personal data.

Users are able to register for the game via the Pokemon website and not use their Google account, although this will wipe progress.

The extent of the data access can only be discovered when checking an account’s permissions.

While the extent of what data can or cannot be accessed is still up for debate, Niantic has come out and said that it is not accessing such data.

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