While trainers - better known as Pokemon Go app users - are trying to catch them all, some are calling foul on Niantic, Inc. for requiring users to give up their privacy. On July 13, Niantic finally continued the halted roll out of Pokemon Go to Europe and Asia. Since Pokemon Go is officially available for download only in the US, Australia and New Zealand, the temptation to download it from third-party market places is huge.
"Pokemon GO" users from United Kingdom have downloaded malware-infected clones due to their eagerness to play the game.
And then there is the fact that Pokemon Go uses the Global Positioning System location data on a player's phone.
The game, which was only released a week ago is one of the most talked about topics across around the world and has already been downloaded on more smartphones in the U.S. than Tinder and Twitter.
Despite the gobal availability of Pokemon Go, the Nintendo Stock slipped today in Tokyo.
Capt. James Cavins with the O'Fallon, Ill., Police Department said the department hasn't received service calls directly connected to people using the app, but he explained that the agency felt compelled to make a Facebook post about playing the game while out in public.
Cyber security expert David Kennedy, founder of Hudson-based Binary Defense Systems, said the flaw left user information exposed to hackers, though Niantic said no data was compromised.
On Tuesday, Niantic responded to the growing criticism by acknowledging the issue in the game's first update.
If you're one of the millions of people obsessed with Pokémon Go, there's something you need to know: While you're out capturing cartoon monsters, the game's creator is capturing an unbelievable amount of your personal information. Although the page does not hint at any specific patch dates, instead merely listing the issues, this is a good sign for players who may have been put off by the game's random technical failures. The game involves exploring the real world via "augmented reality" to collect Pokemon you can upgrade and battle. No additional information has been collected by the app, and certainly won't be going forward due to it's new level of access.