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[BGR] Even after the update, Pokemon Go still collects info from your phone

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prior to the update I wonder how much info is it going to look at

is gps info only avail to the game
some ppl have their gps off or apps not to receive gps info
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http://bgr.com/2016/07/13/pokemon-go-privacy-concerns-information-collected/

Pokémon Go players suffered a bit of a scare earlier this week when it was discovered that the app had “full access” to the Google accounts of those playing the game on iOS. Niantic, the developer behind the game, was quick to explain that this was nothing more than a bug, and that the app only ever had access to basic information, such as a player’s name and email address.

Nevertheless, Niantic quickly pushed out an update that fixed the bug and put countless minds at ease. But despite the fact that Pokémon Go isn’t actually going to read emails or look at your private photos, it’s worth knowing exactly what information the app does have access to on your phone.

Providing you’ve removed the app from your list of permissions on Google’s “Apps connected to your account” page and logged back in to the app, you should now see that the app only has access to “basic account info.”

But as The Wall Street Journal points out, the app collects significantly more information from other sources. Not only does Pokémon Go track your location, Niantic’s privacy policy explains that the app also tracks your IP address and the last webpage you visited before you opened the app.

All of this information can be shared with The Pokémon Company, which partnered with Niantic to build the game. That’s not to say that any of this data will be used for nefarious purposes, but it’s worth knowing exactly what you’re getting into when you sign up to play a GPS-based game on your smartphone.
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Pokemon go needs to end. I don't even get why the hype was so big to begin with. Also the app itself is crap and buggy as hell.
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Pokemon go needs to end. I don't even get why the hype was so big to begin with. Also the app itself is crap and buggy as hell.

When there is a need, people will overlook problems.
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Zombie apocalypse! People hunting while driving, walking like Dracula on the road without looking to catch these pixels. People plotting to break into other people's houses because they have some more pixels to catch there. Seriously! This needs to calm down before it calms up tongue.gif.
 
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How is this even a thing....? What is it that makes this game so stupidly popular...
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I don't get why everyone is losing their minds over this half assed game. its not even fun. half the time the damn servers are offline.
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It is all about data collection these days.
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I only have 1 problem with the app, and that is when I enable battery saver mode and hold my phone upside down too long the app won't take any inputs anymore and I need to restart it.
Also I think the reason it's so popular is that when I was a kid I used to play pokemon on my game boy, play the card game with friends at school and we all wanted it to become a reality. Now it's still not an actual realty but it's pretty darn close.

(Oh and why the hate? "Pokémon go needs to end" Why? If you don't like the game don't use it, no need to spoil other peoples fun.)
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With people using facebook and google, you're already part of the botnet wink.gif
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You guys are playing pokemon go wrong, it's the new tinder, or grinder.
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