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Pokémon Go Scams

By Scam Awareness | August 1, 2016

It seems like everyone is collecting Pokémon these days. Thinking of joining in on the Pokémon Go craze? The Daily Beast warns of several privacy issues that could leave you vulnerable to hackers.

How does it work? Drew Mitnick, policy counsel for Access Now explains that though the app asks for permission to access personally-identifiable information such as GPS location, contacts and camera, it is unclear where Pokémon Go app developer Niantic is sending this data.

In recent months, hackers have successfully targeted large databases of personally identifiable information, which means that Niantic is probably not exempt from being vulnerable to a data breach. For users making purchases within the app, they also could run the risk of credit card fraud. 

Though it may be hard to resist catching Pokémon when everyone around you is hooked on the app, take precaution by reading the app's privacy policy to understand how exactly your information is being shared. 

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