Friday, November 24, 2017
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Samsung Foundry in Advanced Discussions With New Customers for 7nm Chips
Tesla Finished Installing the World's Largest Mega-battery in Australia Within 100 Days
Apple Applies for Patent on Foldable Display
HP Patches Code execution Bug in Enterprise Printers
YouTube Takes More Steps to Tackle Down Videos Inappropriate for Minors
Broadcom Considering Increasing Qualcomm Bid
Facebook Will Notify you if you Have Followed Russian Propaganda
Russia Threatens to Block Ads on Google
Active Discussions
Which of these DVD media are the best, most durable?
How to back up a PS2 DL game
Copy a protected DVD?
roxio issues with xp pro
Help make DVDInfoPro better with dvdinfomantis!!!
menu making
Optiarc AD-7260S review
cdrw trouble
 Home > News > Games > Niantic...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Niantic, Google To Fix Security Issues In Pokemon App


Niantic, the developer of the popular Nintendo Pokemon app, is working on patch that will correct security issues related to the game.

In a statement at Polygon, the company acknowledge the concerns that had been previously reported by security pro Adam Reeve.

Google is also working to change the privileges given to existing users.

Here is Niantic's statement:

"We recently discovered that the Pokemon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account. However, Pokemon GO only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokemon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokemon GO's permission to only the basic profile data that Pokemon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves,"

Adam Reeve, who works for a security analytics firm, raised attention to the level of account permissions the game has by default, revealing that players who sign in through Google grant Pokemon Go developer Niantic Labs access into the entirety of their account data.

Specifically, when launching the game, players can choose to either sign in through Google or through the Pokemon Trainer Club. The latter site has currently suspended new account registration, leading many to choose logging in with their Google accounts. Yet doing so doesn't prompt a pop-up indicating the information that Niantic Labs will have access to through this method; instead, it loads up the game without giving the user a chance to edit permissions.

Looking at the security permissions tied to a Pokemon Go player's account shows that the game has "full account access" automatically. For iOS users, there's no option to edit these permissions; the only option is to revoke access entirely.

For people playing on Android, the game doesn't show up under Google account security permissions at all.

The app, as it stands, can read and write emails. It can also view your Google Docs, search history and Maps use. And your private photos. It’ll also take data that’s standard for modern apps, like IP and email addresses. Given the app by necessity has to use location data, Niantic has access to private information of millions of individuals across the world.

Pokemon Go has become an instant hit, attracting more daily users than Twitter in a just a few days. The app can boost Nintendo profits by one or two billion yen (about $10-20 million) annually, since Nintendo has a 32% stake in Niantic.



Previous
Next
Panasonic To Pay 129 Million Euros Fine Over Cathode Ray Tube Price Fixing Case        All News        Loewe To Release Its First OLED TV
Pokemon Go Arrives in the UK     Games News      Nintendo Remains Sceptical About The VR Engagement Of NX

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Nintendo's Black Friday Deals
Robust Switch Demand Boost Nintendo's Profit
Nintendo Switch Update Brings Video Capture and More
Nintendo Closes the Wii Shop
Nintendo NES Classic Edition Returns to Stores in 2018
Nintendo Ordered to Pay $10m For Infringing Patent Related to Wii Motion Controller
Nintendo's Earnings Boosted by Switch Console Sales
Nintendo Super NES Classic Edition Coming in September for $80
Nintendo Switch Update Available Now
Nintendo: Pokemon Role-playing Game in The Works, Super Mario Games Coming in August
Pokken Tournament DX to Debut on Nintendo Switch
Nintendo Switch Online to Cost $20 per Year

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2017 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .