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Signing into Pokémon Go on iOS with a Google account gives the game full access to that account, according to a systems architect, Adam Reeve.

The Android version of the game apparently does not have these issues.

Reeve said that the security situation was not the same for all iOS users.

Pokémon Go was released last week and has been a huge hit. It is the latest in a series of games from Nintendo but is made by a developer named Niantic, which is part owned by Google.

To play the game, one needs an account but as the Niantic store is not allowing the creation of accounts right now, Reeve said one could use an account from nintendo.com or Google. He used the latter to login.

As there was no indication of what services the game would have access to, he did a check and found that it had full access to his Google account.

This means that the game and its maker Niantic can read all email in a user's account, send email, access all Google drive documents, examine the user's search history and Maps navigation history, access any private photos in Google Photos and much more.

According to the Macrumors website, Niantic began life as an internal startup at Google by Keyhole founder John Hanke in 2010. It then became independent in October 2015.

Google then partnered with The Pokémon Company and Nintendo to invest up to US$30 million in Niantic.

It is well-known that Google snoops on its users and this will no doubt fuel privacy and security concerns over this blanket Google account access granted to the game.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

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