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Police issue Pokémon Go warning and advice
« on: July 21, 2016, 07:01:48 am »
The following message was sent out to all signed up to the local Neighbourhood Watch OWL service, (Online Watch Link).

Having become a global sensation in the few days since it launched - the game Pokémon Go has attracted concern around the online and physical safety of players. 

If you are a player, or are thinking of downloading, our key advice is to ensure you are aware of how your data may be used and shared, and to be aware of your surroundings when playing.

Online safety experts, GetSafeOnline, have expressed concern around data privacy – and use beyond that which you think you are agreeing to. Your information could be shared with third parties of the developer’s choosing. The game’s privacy policy states that the developer, Niantic, can collect data including your username, location, email address, IP address and the previous web page you were using. It also tracks you as you go: where and when you go, your route, how long you stay, and others playing in the same location.

Other concerns centre on ‘real world’ dangers, with players seeking Pokémon with no regard to the law or their personal safety. Crossing roads becomes a danger when looking for Pokémon, concentrating on your device rather than the traffic. Colliding with other people or objects like lamp posts is also a hazard. Playing Pokémon GO whilst driving is strictly prohibited.

The NSPCC has also warned of the possibility that predators could lure unsuspecting children to 'beacon' locations. 

Although the game is free to download, attractive in-app purchases can be made as you progress, so take care that your enthusiasm does not run away with you.
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