Pokemon Go is the biggest news in gaming at the moment, but it is perhaps for the best that the app is not yet available in Malaysia. The game allows users to sign up using either a Google account or through Pokemon’s own “Trainer Club”; this is the same for both Android and iOS versions of the game.
However, it has been discovered that signing up using Google on iOS also grants developer Niantic full access to the player’s account. This means that the developer is able to read all emails, explore Google drive, and take a look at all private data. Essentially making it one of the biggest security problems at the moment.
Niantic itself has clarified that the elevated permissions are an accident, and is working on a patch to fix the problem. The company has also contacted Google to verify that no additional information has been accessed.
Those who signed up for Pokemon Go using a Trainer Club account are spared from this lapse in security. Which, to be fair, most Pokemon fans are more likely to have done anyway. Considering that long time players of the game should already have an account created to claim the many freebies available for the 3DS games.