The developer behind the viral hit Pokemon Go says its game was asking for full access to Google accounts in blunder when users join to play on Apple’s iPhone.

In a statement messaged to USA TODAY, Niantic Inc. says the application “mistakenly asks for” full access to the player’s Google account when signing in with their Google credentials through iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system. Niantic says they are working on a fix, and Google will lessen permissions required by the application.

Pokemon Go Mistakenly Access Google Account
Pokemon Go Mistakenly Access Google Account

A joint statement from Niantic and The Pokémon Company:

Pokémon Go just gets to fundamental Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been gotten to or gathered.

The announcement also notes Google has verified no extra information has been received or accessed.

Worries over the data accessed by Pokémon Go surfaced when players saw the authorizations allowed to the game when connected to Google accounts. As indicated by a Google support page, giving full access allows an application to “see and modify all information in your Google Account.” The exceptions are changing your password, erasing your account or making buys through Google Pay.

Users can also sign into the game through a Club Pokémon account.

Pokemon Go Has Been A Gigantic Hit

Since launching late last week, Pokémon Go has been a gigantic hit, in light of the considerable number of people suddenly exploring their surroundings with their cell phones. One assessment from research firm SensorTower finds the game has been downloaded more than 7.5 million times on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

The game combines the journey for Pokémon with increased reality. Players use GPS to see a guide of their area, spotting Pokémon then catching them through a mini-game including the cell phone camera.


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