Pokemon GO Banned from the Pentagon

The Pentagon isn't the first place to ban the popular mobile game, Pokemon GO, and it likely won't be the last. Today, news coming out of Washington, DC., is that the department of defense has opted to ban playing Pokemon GO at the Pentagon. The reasoning for it is due to foreign spies. This is the same reason that China doesn't want Pokemon GO played in their country, as they feel that other countries can use it to find out where their secretive military bases are located. Word is that security officials at the Pentagon are worried about the data that Nintendo and Niantic (more Niantic, since Nintendo is really only licensing "Pokemon" to Niantic) obtain from players playing the popular game could give them pinpoint accuracy on locations at the Pentagon. Including locations of rooms and other facilities where secrets are stored.

Pokemon GO uses Google Maps to locate where the players are located in the real world, and all of that data is kept on their servers. So the security scare is definitely plausible. And the defense department likely won't be the only ones looking to shut down Pokemon GO in some areas. With Pokemon GO, users are searching for Pokemon and then battling them in gyms that are situated around the city. It has become a very popular game, and it has only been out for about a month. But the popularity has come at a price, and there have been a few deaths due to users playing Pokemon GO. Specifically, a couple fell off a cliff in San Diego last month, and perished.

On some levels, Pokemon GO is a great game, especially for Google and Google Maps. As you have users out there capturing all types of data for Google Maps, that normally their street view cars would be capturing. This means Google Maps would be more up-to-date than it currently is. However, at this point in time, there's no word on whether Google is using the data from Pokemon GO for Google Maps. While Niantic was part of Google, they are now out from under the Alphabet umbrella with Google just being a shareholder in the company.

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