Niantic aware of, will fix Pokemon GO's overreach in Gmail permissions

Coming from Niantic...

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.

Categories: Mobile
Tags: pokemon, mobile


There you go problem solved.

Well that was quick!

I'm really glad they're responding to this quickly. It gives me hope that they're hard at work fixing the game and giving it frequent updates.

Yeah, yeah, they probably just reacted because they got caught x_x.

Do you want a tinfoil hat?

That is literally what happened.

"Getting caught" means they were scheming something. I highly doubt they intentionally want to read people's emails, and only on iOS. Especially since something like that won't ever fly. And people who think Niantic did this purposely need tinfoil hats

Mobiles devs have often had a history of doing such things. I would not put it past them. It may be a mistake, but it is a grievous one.

We recently discovered that...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it "Someone else noticed and then told the world that..?"

How is it that something so incredibly basic got overlooked?

Oh, I see. Niantic apparently has a lot of ex-google employees and google cares as much about privacy as I do for online-only games.


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