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Sen. Franken: Pokemon Go Raises Privacy Concerns

  • The Hill, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 4:42 PM

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota) expressed concerns that Pokemon Go developer Niantic is "unnecessarily colleting, using, and sharing a wide range of users' personal information without their appropriate consent."

The app collects users' location information, IP addresses and data about the Web pages that were visited immediately before using the app, among other items. "If, in fact, some of the information collected and/or permissions requested by Pokemon GO are unnecessary for the provision of services, would Niantic consider making this collection/access opt-in, as opposed to requiring a user to opt-out of the collection/access?" Franken ask in a letter to the company.

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