What 'Pokemon Go' is collecting from your phone


"Pokemon Go" has got millions of people across the country wandering around to collect Pikachus and Jigglypuffs.

The new smartphone game uses augmented reality, tapping your phone's camera to superimpose cute, virtual creatures in the real world.

But what if we told you that Niantic, Inc., the company that developed the game collects information from those playing it?

According to "Pokemon Go's" privacy policy, Niantic can collect your email address, IP address, the webpage you were using before logging into the game, your username, and your location among other things. And that's not all. If you use your Google account to sign in and use an iOS device, Niantic can access your Google account, meaning it has read and write access to your email.

This shouldn't be a shock for those who use location-based apps like Foursquare and Tinder, but according to BuzzFeed, "Pokemon Go's" block-by-block map data may make it one of the most detailed location-based social graphs ever created.

Though "Pokemon Go" is meant for fun, many people have already experienced some scary moments just by playing the game.

In Missouri, four teens are accused of robbing victims after they lured them to a specific location using "Pokemon Go."

A 19-year-old woman in Wyoming was playing the game when it led her to discover a body in a river.

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