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‘Pokémon Go’ All Fun and Games Until Someone’s Privacy is Invaded

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (like some of the mythical Pokémon do) you have no doubt heard of “Pokémon Go,” the location-based, augmented reality game in which players use the GPS, camera and gyroscope features on their smartphones to “catch” mythical creatures in the players’ real-world environment.  The game has been lauded for getting people out from in front of their televisions and video games, exploring the outdoors and socializing, but has also has sparked a number of privacy concerns.

This article addresses many of the privacy concerns arising from the game, including claims of physical invasions of privacy due to the placement of Pokéstops and Pokémon gyms on private property without owners’ consent, as well as digital privacy complaints stemming from deceptive and unfair terms of service granting access to users’ private information, putting them at risk of hacking and data breaches.