Fear No More Pokemon Go Players – Google Won’t Access Your Info
People (me) have been living in a constant state of struggle the past 48 hours after hearing that hackers have access to our Google accounts while we play Pokemon Go. Fear no more - that problem is being solved.
Yesterday, the haters came out of the woodwork calling out all the negative aspects of playing Pokemon Go. Dear haters: We are addicted to this game and it's getting us outside to discover our city, getting more exercise than we have in years and it's making us happy. Don't take that away.
Hackers are our haters. It was reported that once we sign in with our Google accounts, we would be susceptible to hackers accessing our personal information, emails and anything created on our Google accounts.
As of yesterday, Mashable reported that Google is making changes and is working with the Pokemon Go app creator to fix any issues and keep our information private. Google released the following statement:
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.
Back to the game we go!