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'Pokémon Go' Doesn’t Have ‘Full Access’ To Your Google Account Anymore

The popular app pushes out an update and its revokes “full access” permission to your Google account.

by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Jul 12 2016, 7:00pm

Image: warat42/Shutterstock

Roughly 24 hours after a security expert warned on Monday that the popular augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go' was giving itself "full access" to users' Google Accounts, the game developers have fixed the issue in an update.

The app now only gets access to "basic account" information, namely your Google identity and email address.

On Monday, Adam Reeve, the principal architect at security firm RedOwl, caused a storm when he noticed that Pokémon Go was listed as having "full access" to his Google account.

Reeve warned that this meant the app could potentially access to the users' emails, photos, and documents on the cloud, and even send email as the user. A subsequent analysis by another security expert seemed to indicate that this doomsday scenario wasn't completely accurate, though the company's weak denial didn't clear up the confusion.

In any case, after this update, the app now has the appropriate permissions, and is totally safe to use. So go catch 'em all folks!