“iPhone users of Pokemon GO, beware: the app has access to your entire Google account. That’s a major problem for fans of the game. Shockingly, there’s no warning about the extensive permissions either,” Thomas Fox-Brewster reports for Forbes. “For now, it’s unclear if Android owners are affected, though reports of sporadic Google account access have emerged.”
“To be clear, the app, as it stands, can read and write emails. It can also view your Google Docs, search history and Maps use. And your private photos,” Fox-Brewster reports. “Keen eyed security pro Adam Reeve warned about the issue last week, noting that he didn’t receive any warning about the permissions on download. ‘Now, I obviously don’t think Niantic are planning some global personal information heist. This is probably just the result of epic carelessness,’ Reeve wrote. ‘But I don’t know anything about Niantic’s security policies. I don’t know how well they will guard this awesome new power they’ve granted themselves, and frankly I don’t trust them at all.'”
“Concerned users can do what Reeve did: revoke accounts and delete the app. They could still enjoy the game, however, and sign up via the website. But that feature is, inexplicably, not currently working. So right now, iPhone users have no option but to either risk their data or kill the app.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Gee, that would be terrible – if we had “entire Google accounts” that weren’t fake, empty shells created for just such purposes, that is. You know, like our fake Facebook accounts that we use for game signups, coupons, etc. Nobody sane gives their real, personal data to Google and Facebook, right?
Alas, we recognized the value of privacy a long, long time ago, thanks.
Tim Cook attacks Google, U.S. federal government over right to privacy abuses – June 3, 2015
The price you’ll pay for Google’s ‘free’ photo storage – June 3, 2015
Apple CEO Tim Cook champions privacy, blasts ‘so-called free services’ – June 3, 2015
Passing on Google Photos for iOS: Read the fine print before you sign up for Google’s new Photos service – June 1, 2015
Why Apple’s Photos beats Google Photos, despite price and shortcomings – May 30, 2015
Is Apple is losing the photo wars? – May 29, 2015
How Google aims to delve deeper into users’ lives – May 29, 2015
Apple CEO Cook: Unlike some other companies, Apple won’t invade your right to privacy – March 2, 2015
Survey: People trust U.S. NSA more than Google – October 29, 2014
Apple CEO Tim Cook ups privacy to new level, takes direct swipe at Google – September 18, 2014
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for government, police – even with search warrants – September 18, 2014
U.S. NSA watching, tracking phone users with Google Maps – January 28, 2014
U.S. NSA secretly infiltrated Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – October 30, 2013
Google has already inserted some U.S. NSA code into Android – July 10, 2013
Court rules NSA doesn’t have to reveal its semi-secret relationship with Google – May 22, 2013
Edward Snowden’s privacy tips: ‘Get rid of Dropbox,” avoid Facebook and Google – October 13, 2014