Is Pokémon Go Pushing the Bounds of Mobile App Privacy and Security?

The popularity of the new app Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game in which players use their mobile devices to catch Pokémon characters in real-life locations, continues to grow despite security and privacy concerns. Intelligence firm Sensor Tower estimates the game has been downloaded 75 million times. The game’s success brings to light a number of privacy issues generally tied to the collection, storage and sharing of user information by mobile apps, as well as users’ control of those actions and the app’s disclosure practices. Justine Gottshall, a partner at InfoLawGroup, and Shook, Hardy & Bacon attorney Eric Boos recently spoke with Cybersecurity Law Report about these issues as well as the recently filed lawsuit alleging that the Pokémon Go terms of service and privacy policy are deceptive and unfair. See “Legal and Regulatory Expectations for Mobile Device Privacy and Security” Part One (Feb. 3, 2016); Part Two (Feb. 17, 2016).

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