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Police issue safety advice to users of Pokémon Go game

Posted on 14th July 2016
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Police are offering safety advice to users of a popular online game.

With more and more people playing Pokémon Go on their phones, police are offering tips on how to stay safe and protect your personal data.

The game requires its user to wander around outside using their smartphone’s camera, where it overlays images of Pokémons over the real world on the screen. People can then ‘catch’ the Pokémon and add them to their collection.

The website getsafeonline.org has raised concerns around data privacy and that user’s information could be shared with third parties.

Now police are reminding players to concentrate on the real world when catching Pokémon;

  • Don’t make yourself vulnerable. Don’t be tempted to take your phone out in busy or unlit areas where you could be a target for thieves
  • Concentrate on dangers around you and be careful when crossing the road – don’t just focus on your device
  • Never play the game while driving
  • Don’t trespass on private property

For more information, visit www.getsafeonline.org

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