The world has gone mad for Niantic Labs’ Pokemon Go interactive augmented reality game. The number of mobile device users who are taking to the streets looking for Pokemon characters is quickly reaching into millions across the world. With all the publicity the game is receiving, some of it may be unwanted publicity.
At issue seems to be the amount of information that Nianric is requesting from players during registration. Franken also expressed concern about the company’s privacy disclosure agreement.
While the policy does permit users to control certain aspects of the information they are providing, Franken noted that there will be a lot of children playing the game in the streets who don’t understand privacy policies and won’t know how to go about protecting themselves.
Some of the information obtained by the system relates to the player’s exact location as determined by the game’s GPS system. In the wrong hands, that kind of information presents a real danger to children. The protection of peoples’ right to privacy and the welfare of children would seem to be Senator Franken’s ultimate concerns.
In just one week after Pokemon Go’s release, it has become evident that the game’s popularity is poised to exceed all expectations worldwide. The time to get a grasp on any potential issues related to safety and privacy is now before things get out of hand. Stay tuned for more information.
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