Although playing Pokemon Go can be great fun people are really concerned about its access to your Google email account and other private data that it can get from your mobile phone and then share it with whomever it feels like. Once you have set up Pokemon Go on your mobile phone and started playing it, Pokemon Go can literally read and write your email and access your documents in Google Drive unless you switch off certain settings.
According to this CNET update a US Senator named Al Franken sent an official letter to Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokemon Go, demanding to know what sort of data the company is able to access and share with third parties when people are playing their insanely popular game.
According to the text in the letter (it’s a PDF), “I’m concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users’ personal information without their appropriate consent. From a user’s general profile information to their precise location data and device identifiers, Niantic has access to a significant amount of information, unless users – many of whom are children – opt-out of this collection.”
The letter is addressed to Niantic CEO John Hanke.
Ever since its launch a few days ago Pokemon Go has been downloaded 7.5 million times in the US so far and is generating a daily revenue of $1.6 million just on the iOS devices. The way millions of people are downloading the game and using it, is the primary concern. Unless you switch off particular settings, Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, has full access to your Google account, especially if you are using an iPhone or iPad.