Pokémon Go update for iOS now available, clarifies access to Google data

The Pokémon Go update now says it accesses basic info from your Google account, specifically, your user ID and email address.

If you have Pokémon Go fever, but you’re concerned about the controversy surrounding the app and access to your Google data, you’ll want to install the Pokémon Go update. Even if you didn’t use Google to sign into the game, you’ll want the update, since it has bug fixes.

The 1.0.1 update is now available in the App Store. Before you perform the update, sign out of the game. You can do this in Pokémon Go by going into the app settings and tapping Sign Out at the bottom of the screen. (If you don’t sign out before updating the app, that’s OK. You’ll need to do so when you launch the update.)

To update the game directly on your iPhone, tap on the App Store app, and then tap the Updates tab on the bottom navigation bar. When you see the update appear on the list, tap the Update button. You can also install the update via iTunes, with your iPhone connected to your iOS device.

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After the update is installed, launch the app and sign in as usual. If you sign in using Google, you’ll see this new screen.

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If you go to the web and check your Google account for your connected apps, you should see a change in what Pokémon Go accesses. If you don’t sign out and then sign back into the game as mentioned earlier, you may not see this updated status.

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Niantic, the developer of the game, released a statement on Monday, clarifying what the company can access in relation to google accounts. Niantic’s complete statement:

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 actually 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.For more information, please review Niantic’s Privacy Policy here: https://www.nianticlabs.com/privacy/pokemongo/en

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