Pokemon Go changes permissions as trainers call foul over privacy

Posted at 5:26 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 19:26:25-04

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. 

After users pointed out to Niantic, Inc., which helped create the augmented reality application that hearkens back to the childhood of many app users, that requested permissions require users to give access to their entire Google accounts -- including the ability to read and write email -- the company took action.

The company said Tuesday it is issuing one of its first updates to the game to change its privacy policy in conjunction with Google to require only basic information -- only user ID and email address information. 

Users who sign up through Facebook or Pokemon Trainer Club, however, may authorize the collection of additional information. 

Some parents have voiced concern over the collection of information as many Pokemon Go users are children. 

The company does allow users to alter what information they share, and for parents -- it offers the ability to halt additional collection, disclosure and use of information.

To halt the company from using any information, reach out to this email address to submit a request. 

In order to check what permissions your Google account issues the game, click here. 

In order to check what permissions you issue on Facebook, click here. 

For more information on Pokemon Go's privacy policy, click here.