New Update For Pokémon GO Fixes Major Security Issue

Despite a hugely successful release, Nintendo’s mobile game didn’t launch without problems.  Among those was a huge security issue where if you installed the Pokémon GO on your iOS or Android device, it also allowed access to your entire Google account.

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Fortunately, Niantic realised the huge security leak and release an update to cover it up. The developer gave a response to GameInformer regarding the issue with the statement below:

We recently discovered that the Pokémon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. However, Pokémon 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 access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokémon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokémon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokémon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.

With the update, the app will no longer access any of your Google information beyond your User ID and email address. In addition to the security, the update will also help stabilise and fix certain issues in the app. Full patch notes below:

- Trainers do not have to enter their username and password repeatedly after a force log out
- Added stability to Pokémon Trainer Club account log-in process
- Resolved issues causing crashes
- Fixed Google account scope

Pokémon GO is available now on Android and iOS on selected regions. A global rollout has been delayed with no new dates announced.

Source: GameInformer

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