Niantic, The Pokemon Go Developer Says They’re not Spying on your Google Account


Pokemon Go is a milestone in the mobile gaming industry. In a very short time, it’s become a massive phenomenon. This game has been in the spotlight for the past few days not only for its gameplay, but for its controversies as well.   

A few days ago a Pokemon Go player reported that Niantic is spying on the player’s Google account. If a iOS user signed into Pokemon Go using his Google login credentials, they grant wide access to their Google accounts. This means Niantic could read their electronic mails, look at their search history, or employ any of their Google account features.


After the report came out, Niantic expressed that it was not their intentions to spy on players’ Google accounts and they likewise stated that nothing was accessed other than user ID or password. Going by the information, they contacted Google and said Pokemon Go’s permission will soon be restricted to just basic profile data.

Here is what they actually said:

We recently discovered that the Pokemon GO account creation process on iOS erroneously requests full access permission for the user’s Google account. 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. Once we became aware of this error, we began working on a client-side fix to request permission for only basic Google profile information, in line with the data that we actually access. Google has verified that no other information has been received or accessed by Pokemon GO or Niantic. Google will soon reduce Pokemon GO’s permission to only the basic profile data that Pokemon GO needs, and users do not need to take any actions themselves.