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Pokemon Go is Sifting Through Your Internal Storage, Locking Out People Suspected of Rooting

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The newest version of the popular mobile app Pokemon Go digs through your phone’s internal storage and attempts to identify any files related to rooting your device, according to multiple Reddit users.

If the scan discovers evidence that the user has rooted their device, the game automatically locks them out, apparently in an attempt to thwart cheaters.

Initial research suggests that the game automatically scans the entirety of users’ personal data, raising serious privacy concerns.

Niantic, developers of the real-world augmented reality system on which Pokemon Go is built, might even be snooping on internal data without storage permissions, which could potentially be illegal.

Curated from Reddit


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