Pokemon Go Is a "New Level of Invasion," Oscar-Winning Director Says

Pokemon Go has another dissenter.


Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine aren't fans of Pokemon Go, and now it sounds like they have company. During a panel appearance at San Diego Comic-Con, Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone said that Pokemon Go is "a new level of invasion" (via Variety).

"They are data mining every person in this room. It's what they call surveillance capitalism," he said. Stone added that Pokemon Go could usher in totalitarianism and "a robot society."

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Stone's worries are not totally uncalled for. When Pokemon Go launched, it could have full, untethered access to your Google account if you signed up with one on an iOS device. Developer Niantic addressed the issues, saying it was never supposed to be this way and delivered a quick fix.

"We recently discovered that the Pokemon Go account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account," Niantic said in a statement. "However, Pokemon Go only accesses basic Google profile information (specifically, your User ID and email address) and no other Google account information is or has been accessed or collected."

Additionally, US senator Al Franken wrote an open letter to Niantic to express his worry over how Pokemon Go collects and uses player information. You can see the seven questions he wants answered here.

For more Pokemon Go stories from around the world, check out GameSpot's news roundup.

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