In just under a week, Pokémon Go has taken over the lives of thousands, turning Central Park into a weird zoo of Pokémon hunters, garnering more downloads than Tinder on Android, and inspiring way too many weird stories. However, as a part of the sign-up process, thousands of people are handing over a scary amount of information to Niantic, the company who created the game.
Many users who signs up for Pokémon Go with their Google account are giving Niantic full access to their Google account. That includes giving it the ability to send email as you, the ability to access and delete emails, contacts, documents, and photos, as well as access to your history on YouTube, Google Maps, and Google search.
There's an amazing amount of private information available through Google for any user who basically uses the internet in any capacity whatsoever. This accessing of Google accounts is largely reported to be impacting iOS users rather than Android gamers, but either way, there's an easy way to stop the app from accessing your information.