The sensation that is Pokémon Go is said to be not all fun and games. While it sure is fun to go Pokémon hunting in the hopes of being the one to catch ’em all, we may actually be catching way more than just Pokémon.
Pokémon Go has raised a number of security concerns both for the welfare of players as well as those around them. Sure, it’s nice to see people roaming around and exploring the city more than they ever would had the game not been invented, but Pokémon monsters don’t just pop up in public places.
The Issue of Your Safety
It’s surprising to see a Pokémon inside your house, but what if someone uninvited sees that, too? That sure sounds like a recipe for a classic slasher movie! But kidding aside, Pokémon Go has been deeply engaging to the point of being overly addictive. This produces behavior-altering actions from the users. Some have broken and downright disregarded the law, committed low-level felonies, and flat out put themselves in danger. All that just to catch the ever-elusive Pikachu!
The Issue of Your Privacy
There has also been a big discussion on Pokémon Go’s privacy policies, claiming that their policies take more private information than is necessary to play the game. Imagine all the data you’re giving from location to camera and microphone input, to your account details and whatnot.
Pokémon Go, as fun as it is, has posed some privacy threats to its users and everyone else who has jumped onto this fad. Don’t get us wrong, though. We’re not saying it’s all bad! It’s actually very enjoyable especially to Pokémon fans— be they hardcore gamers or casual ones. It’s a memory come to life and is an utterly creative use of technology. But the responsibility both from the company and the users’ end cannot be disregarded.
You gotta catch ’em all! Just make sure you’re catching Pokémon monsters, and not monsters of a different kind.