“Pokemon Go” has been the latest craze among video game enthusiasts across the world and it is also quickly becoming a recipe for tragedy.
Several countries have already access to the game and now there have been issues of users’ privacy leak. The game has also become an ingredient on numerous tragedies. Some have raised concern that someone’s privacy will be violated by simply using playing a game.
Niantic, the company behind”Pokemon Go,” is collecting players’ data using a geolocation feature. The data that the company could gather include where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed and hear this, who else was there.
This only mean that Niantic has accessed to your email, Google Drive docs, and more. If by any chance that the Niantic servers were hacked, the hackers would potentially have access to your entire Google account.
Meanwhile, CNN has cited some incidents that involved the famous game in town. One of which happened in Wyoming. A teenager woke up early Friday morning to catch Pokémon in a river but she found a dead body instead.
In Missouri, police responded to a robbery call in which perpetrators used Pokémon Go to lure their victims in isolated places.
Since the game also assigns real places as locations to hunt and catch Pokemon, some of these places provide vital services that should not be disturbed by hunters. One of these is the Darwin Police station in Australia. CNN reported that the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services had to appeal to gamers to spare theirs from hunting Pokemon.
“Pokemon Go” has been downloaded by millions since it became available in the US and in other parts of the world. The game has so far boosted Nintendo’s market value by over $9 billion to date.