Privacy concerns about Pokémon GO

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Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone game which has recently become a sensation, is created and operated by the software development giant Niantic, Inc. The term “augmented reality” can be defined in simple words as a live view which is supplemented by computer-generated input. Within the first week of its release, Pokémon Go was downloaded about 7.5 million times in the United States alone and received an immense attention from media and millions of game users.

To analyze the privacy concerns about Pokémon Go, it is important to comprehend how the game actually works. Pokémon Go is based on six major elements, namely, (1) a map, (2) Pokémons, (3) habitats, (4) Poké Balls, (5) Poké Stops, and (6) medals.

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