Pokemon Go has become the biggest thing to hit mobile gaming since Angry Birds. If you’re not playing Pokemon, and looking for pocket monsters in all the corners of your home town, you’re nobody! On the other hand, if you’re not playing Pokemon Go on your Apple device, you might have dodged a bullet because some privacy concerns have arisen for those that have granted “full access” to their Google account through the game. That means the Pokemon is the one that’s going to catch them all, and by “them” we mean all your Google emails, documents, contacts, images, et al.
As reported by ComicBook.com, players of Pokemon Go that log into the game with their Google account on the iOS version of the game, it defaults to “full account access,” which is not something players probably intended. This is not as big a deal for Android users, and the situation can be avoided if you create a Pokemon Trainers Club account, but due to the sheer load of traffic, it’s rather difficult to log in using the Trainers Club account.
The Pokemon Company International and Niantic have since issued a joint statement on the situation:
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 email 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 profile information, in line with the data that 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.