A number of publications yesterday raised concerns that Pokemon GO has access to your entire Google account if you decide to sign in that way. Well, US technology publication Ars Technica has reached out to both developer Niantic and Google who have said that the application requests more permissions than it actually needs and has not accessed any of this additional information. The site says “Google will automatically push a fix on its end to reduce the app’s permissions, and Niantic will release an update to the app to make it request fewer permissions in the first place.” Here’s the statement that’s been given.
“We recently discovered that the Pokémon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon Go only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your user ID and e-mail address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google account information, in line with the data we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon Go or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon Go’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon Go needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.
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