As CBS2’s Jennifer Mc Logan reported, there are worries that sex offenders might use the app to lure children, and cybercriminals might steal people’s information. “I don’t want to do it when my mom’s not around, because I could get hurt,” said Mylie Rivas, 10.
(CBSNew York) — The Pokémon Go app has been all the rage in recent days, but new concerns have mounted about criminals abusing the game.
Sulma Rivas is part of a Pokémon Go scavenger hunt adventure craze. Pokémon Go is exploding in popularity, and Babylon town officials have been monitoring hundreds of people of all ages circling the lake in Argyle Park – with their heads down and their smartphones in hand.
But county officials are worried about the luring component of the game.With 38,000 registered sex offenders in New York state, police fear that it might be easy for someone to fake a Pokémon Go ID and stalk a child player.“The people who are the quickest to adapt to new trends in social media technology are criminals and predators,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.Bellone wants Pokémon developer Niantic to install e-stop technology, making it tougher for predators to sign on and demanding more checks and balances.After downloading the app, players are asked to sign up with their Google accounts, using existing credentials to ensure the process is fast and simple.
But that can put at risk users’ emails, cameras, photos, and storage.That pool of data could be a boon for cybercriminals. That would be unfortunate,” said Samara Katini, 21.“I probably wouldn’t play the game if that was a real problem.” One computer crimes expert asked whether the possibility of privacy invasion was worth the tradeoff for the experience of Pokémon Go Ninatic said it is working closely with authorities to keep all players safe.The company said it has no plans to share the data it collects with third parties.Governor Anthony Cuomo, never afraid to take quick and decisive action on the issues facing New York, announced today that all 3,000 of New York’s sex offenders will be prohibited from “downloading, accessing, or otherwise engaging in any internet-enabled gaming activities, including .” “Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” said Cuomo in a statement.“These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to ourchildren.” To that end, Cuomo will have the Division of Criminal Justice Services provide a current list of sexual offenders to Niantic Inc., the creator of Pokémon Go, as well providing the same list to Apple and Google.