'Pokemon Go' User Data Collection Sparks Senator Inquiry

By Suevon Lee (July 12, 2016, 11:15 PM EDT) -- "Pokemon Go," the hugely popular mobile app that's taking the smartphone world by storm, has caught some heat from U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., a tech privacy watchdog who on Tuesday wrote a letter to the game developer's chief executive expressing concern about the app's collection of personal data.

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked for more information about what data is being collected from "Pokemon Go" users' phones and how it's being used by Niantic and others. (Credit: AP) In the letter to John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Inc. — the San Francisco developer behind the mobile app phenomenon that's...

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