Pokemon Go clone tops app charts in China

Tech watchers are now concerned about the massive database the game is compiling on everyone who is playing worldwide. The company wrote on its support page, "We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account".

Niantic was forced to admit its mistakes on Monday after computer security experts realized that the video game gets a rare level of access to your Google account. Presumably, given this and the above privacy laundry list, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA will be coming up with the next Pokemon title.

Elaine T. (C), of NY, plays the new game Pokémon Go on her smartphone while gathered with others also playing the game in Union Square, July 11, 2016. Your phone's location is used to work out if you're close to a generated pokemon.

And people are obsessed with it.

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"When you grant full account access, the application can see and modify almost all information in your Google Account (but it can't change your password, delete your account, or pay with Google Wallet on your behalf)", Google wrote.

Spotify told us there are now 197,000 user-generated Pokemon playlists on the service, as well as 53,000 called "Pikachu". When we tried using the game on an up-to-date iPhone 6S, it was granted full permissions. An up-to-date Android Nexus 6P did not get full access.

On Monday, reports surfaced claiming that some users who downloaded the app were unknowingly handing over the keys to broad information from their Google account, including Gmail and even maps history information. However, Pokémon Go only accesses basically Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email addresses) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. We've asked Niantic for comment and hope to hear back from them soon.

  • Sonia Alvarado