The Better Business Bureau has cautioned the millions of Pokemon Go users to think about a few nuances before using the app.
In just a few days, the app has become the most downloaded iPhone application in the country. It uses mapping software to create a virtual reality game that has hooked millions of children and adults. An event is even planned in Charlotte this weekend for fans to gather and hunt for new Pokemon together.
New York state warned people about the dangers of playing Pokemon Go while driving. People have reportedly walked into walls and in front of traffic because they are so engrossed in the game.
BBB cautions users not just on safety, but also on unseen expenses, privacy concerns, malware and infringement on private property.
Although it is possible to play the app for free by winning “PokeCoins,” you can buy the app’s currency through an in-app purchase. It also requires constant GPS access, which can be a drain on data.
The Council of BBB reported that a malware version of the game has been found online, although no known infections have been reported.
Privacy within the app may also be an issue. In order to play, users must allow Pokemon Go to access other applications, such as the map and camera apps.
Furthermore, the iOS version of the app can access all Google data if users sign in with a Google account. The game’s maker, Niantic, says it is working to correct this problem and no personal information has yet been accessed.
But users should consider their safety – both physically walking down the street and virtually keeping personal information safe – before running out to catch their favorite Pokemon.
Catch ’em all with the Observer
Will you be playing Pokemon Go in Uptown Friday, July 15? If so, come check out the PokeStop from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the NASCAR Fountain at the corner of Stonewall and Caldwell. The Charlotte Observer will have free giveaways – and of course, the wild Pokemon will be around for you to catch!