"Pokemon Go" has captured nationwide attention-but in Japan it's drawing a different kind of focus. Presumably it can also post on your behalf to Google Plus and access information stored in any other shared Google service.
On his blog, Reeve says that playing Pokemon Go isn't worth the risk. Apps that use Google's or Facebook's authentication system are fairly common. "Given that Google is going to be retroactively re-scoping tokens to remove this possibility, "Pokemon Go" should be safe to play in the next couple of days on iOS, or even now".
But now there's another question brought on by the ubiquity of the mobile game - can it access your private information? Also, it is random as not all users are affected. To play Pokemon Go you need to either sign up for a pokemon.com account or a Google account, and given the overwhelming demand for the game right now the pokemon.com sign-up option has been taken down for now.
'I obviously don't think Niantic are planning some global personal information heist.
Google did not offer comment on the story.
However, the same level of control is not yet available when it comes to online authorisation systems.
'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'. That means that to find Pokemon, you actually have to leave your home while staring intently at your phone screen. Either way, Niantic's statement should put at least some of the privacy concerns over this hot new game to rest. The company has said the game should be released in the Europe, the United Kingdom and Japan "in a couple of days".
They said in a statement that the game accessed only user IDs and email addresses of players, "and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected".