UAE, Kuwait warn of Pokemon Go security risks

Arab gamers now are taking to streets in search of digital monsters in the real world. (Shutterstock)

The United Arab Emirates and Kuwait on Friday warned users against the wildly popular “Pokemon Go” game over concerns of security breaches.

Kuwait’s Interior Ministry issued a statement Friday warning users of the smash mobile phone application from taking pictures of any vital government, military or security location.

It also warned users not to pounce on Pikachus or chase Charmanders at mosques, shopping centers, malls and oil installations.

Lt. Gen. Sulaiman al-Fahad at the ministry said: "No excuses will be accepted by anyone claiming ignorance of the law."

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates also have warned users to be careful while chasing digital critters in the augmented reality game.

The game requires the phone to transmit its location via GPS and uses its camera which the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warned "violates the user's privacy" and could lead "criminals" to spread viruses.

The TRA said Pokemon Go could result in users being spied upon and urged players not to activate their phone cameras at home or in other private areas.

Though "Pokemon Go" hasn't officially come to nations in the Gulf, many have downloaded the app.

 

(with AFP and the Associated Press)

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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