Pokemon Go Is An Augmented Reality Game

1223 WordsDec 9, 20165 Pages
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that uses the real world to turn it into a game environment and goal of the players is to find new creatures around them by walking to different places and collecting them. The game uses GPS to find out the location of the player and guides him to find the creatures and send them to training centers around. The game ‘Pokémon Go’ gained over a large audience in a small amount of time. Although, the game ‘Pokémon Go’ gained popularity in media, articles, and of course its players the game fails to provide security for its players in multiple ways that can result in possible theft of personal information, possible exposure to the dangerous game environment in real life, and inattentive behavior on the part of the players. Firstly, the possible theft of personal information by the game begins with players granting full access to their Google accounts. Usually games being installed take permission from the users for accessing resources on the user device and do not ask for personal information. But, Pokémon Go is taking personal information from its players’ google accounts without specifying it clearly at the time of installation than rather just asking permission to know the email id. It is reported that “if you use your Google account for sign-in and use an iOS device, unless you specifically revoke it, Niantic has access to your entire Google account.” (Joseph). This supports the argument that the game has entire access to
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