Google to restrict Pokémon Go from accessing users’ Gmail

Google to restrict Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go fans will no more need to grant full access to their Google accounts to play the game’s iOS app.

Niantic, the game developer, has acknowledged that it erroneously requested full access permission to users’ Google accounts on iOS but that no information was compromised.

“We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account,” said Niantic in a statement provided to Mashable.

“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,” the game developer added.

Google has confirmed that no other information was collected, and it is working with the game developer to fix the issue. “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,” the statement added.

iOS app of Pokémon Go game requires full access to user’s Google accounts

Security experts raised the question about iOS app of Pokémon Go game after they noticed that it requires full access to user’s Google accounts. The permission granted the app unrestricted access to user’s information including emails, calendars, maps, location history and everything else associated with Google accounts.

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Google itself warned that this kind of access is not to be handled out carelessly. On its support page, Google writes that full account access permission should only be given to fully trusted applications which are installed on personal computers, phones or tablet.

Niantic has not confirmed how long it will take to fix the issue. But hopefully, it would be resolved soon.

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