Pokémon Go has been all over my newsfeed today. I tried it over the weekend and found it oddly compelling – the mix of the real world, accentuated by the Pokémon world layered on top of it – makes me want to walk a few blocks to check out what’s there.
The app uses a common shortcut to identify users – logging in via Google. When you do this you grant access to your Google account. Most apps ask for just the access they need – “basic access” is common – this grants the app your name, email address, gender and country without giving it access to your files, photos, email, location history and all the other stuff that Google knows about your life.