New Pokemon Go app steals your personal info

New Pokemon Go app steals your personal info

By Claire Gray
On 19 Jul, 2016

    Everybody is familiar with the new monster hunting app called Pokemon Go. Whether you are a casual gamer or someone trying to take advantage of the whole situation, Pokemon Go is definitely on the go and on the hunt for your personal info. That’s right; an estimate of 7.5 million players, are already sharing their locations and personal data. For those who don’t know, the company behind the great Pokemon Go Empire, besides making around $1.6million in daily revenue, also reserves the right to share all the data they collect with third parties, which includes law enforcement and potential buyers.

    Whether you want to embark on the amazing adventure or not, these are things you should know and share with your friends and family. Most people don’t care about their privacy or reading the fine print. It would just take too long to read. Users hand over access to their cellphone’s detailed locations, storage, and their cameras to play this game.

    Both iPhone and android users give away a lot of information. iPhone users provide access to their location, camera, and photos. And for those gamers logging in with their Google account, this app is allowed to see and alter information in your Google account, which includes your Google Drive, Gmail, Google maps and much more.

    Criminals have been targeting video gamers for quite a while now and Pokemon Go is definetly the perfect opportunity to steal info. Hackers enjoy offering fake versions of games loaded with malware, especially in Android stores, which don’t seem to have strict security checks. As extra features are developed, criminals will have blast offering fake upgrades loaded with malware. Remember this game makes it very easy for them to find you.

    Accessing personal information could be considered a cybercrime, which involves illegal access to information over the internet. A misdemeanor online fraud can lock you one year in county jail and up $5,000 in fines. The punishment for felony convictions is more severe, with up to three years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

    If you are looking for an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Miami, contact Gallardo Law Firm today. It’s a great opportunity to protect your rights and hire sound legal counsel.