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China Refuses to License Pokemon GO Due to Potential Security Risks

January 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Pokemon GO is a success around the world, but China has yet to allow the game and will not do so until potential security risks had been evaluated. Yahoo reports that the China State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television is working with other governmental departments in order to evaluate potential risks both to natural security and individual safetey.

A representative for the department has said that they have “a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people’s lives and property” including a potential “threat to geographical information security and the threat to transport and the personal safety of consumers.” The concern seems to fall over the augmented reality game’s geotagging and the fact that it has been blamed for road accidents from drivers playing the game. The organization said the games panel of the China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, which reports to the censor body, was prompted to seek advice due to the fact that Chinese companies have been developing similar games.

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