Pokemon Go maker: Coding error gave company access to your emails

Pokemon Go maker: Coding error gave company access to your emails
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The makers of Pokemon Go — the insanely popular smartphone game — were forced to make emergency fixes to the game because the app gave the company an unprecedented level of access into players’ personal lives.

For some users with iPhones, signing into the game with the most convenient option — using your Google account — allows the gaming company to read your emails.

That’s because the Pokemon Go app gets “full access” to your Google account. It’s something most apps don’t dare demand.

Google settings state that “full access” means Pokemon Go “can see and modify nearly all information in your Google Account.”

That includes access to email, according to Google.

Niantic, the game’s developer, acknowledged the coding “error” on Monday.

In a statement late Monday night, the company said it sought only minimal information — a person’s unique player ID and email address. But “the Pokemon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access.”

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