Pokemon GO has been a pretty popular topic since the game finally launched earlier this month. The game has already garnered more than 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store, and likely the same amount on the Apple App Store as well. Some reports have noted that there are 30 million players right now. While many are out capturing their favorite Pokemon and leveling up, some are a bit worried about the security of the app. Famed Director, Oliver Stone who is at Comic-Con this week in San Diego promoting his new film 'Snowden', spoke about the game, calling it "a new level of invasion" when it comes to privacy and security.
Stone continued to say that "they are data mining every person in this room". His comments were surprising, because when Pokemon GO first launched, many were panicking because the game appeared to be getting "full account access" for those that signed in through Google – which is the only way to sign in – on iOS. The company has since fixed that issue, and publicly noted that they are not reading anyone's emails. Niantic stated "no other Google information is or has been accessed or collected."
While Niantic and Nintendo are likely mining data from everyone using the app, they aren't the first to do so. In fact, Google has made their entire business about mining data from their users. However, Google is very upfront about this, and the search engine giant uses it to make their products better. It's also likely that many people playing Pokemon GO are either unaware of the data that Niantic and Nintendo are mining, or they just simply don't care.
Those that might be unaware of what Pokemon GO actually is, it's a new game from the makers of Ingress. Niantic Labs partnered with Nintendo to create Pokemon GO and it has literally blown up since launching. With millions and millions of people playing, and it's only available in around 30 countries – having just launched in its home country of Japan this week. It has already become the most popular mobile game in US history, and likely won't stop breaking records there.