The Pokemon Go app is so successful that Senator Al Franken has some important questions to the Pokemon Go app maker Niantic Labs.
You know that things got out of hand, when a Senator fo the United States takes the time to investigate a mobile gaming app. Democratic Senator Al Franken hurled a letter with 7 questions to Niantic CEO John Hanke.
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In the letter Franken acknowledged the viral success of Pokemon Go with estimated 7.5 million downloads in the United States alone. Pokemon Go is the top ranking free app and the top grossing app on iTunes.
The main concern of Senator Franken is privacy. "While this release is undoubtedly impressive, I am concerned about the extent to which Niantic may be unnecessarily collecting, using, and sharing a wide range of users' personal information without their appropriate consent. I believe Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, and that right includes an individual's access to information, as well as the ability to make meaningful choices, about what data are being collected about them and how the data are being used," Al Franken says in the introduction of the letter.
The Senator would like to push Niantic into an opt-in model rather than having players to opt-out of giving certain information.
Franken also mentions the full Google account access issue, which since been fixed through the Pokemon Go 1.0.1 update.
Senator Al Franken has published the letter sent to Niantic on his site.
Pokemon Go is on the verge to roll out world-wide. The release has been stopped after the app was too successful in the launch regions bringing down the servers. The release of Pokemon Go in Europe and Asia might get further delayed by the issues raised by the US Senator.
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At this point it feels like the gamers (trainers) in the United States are the beta tester of Pokemon Go.