Some Pokemon Go users have stumbled across evidence that the app is rifling through all of the personal data on your phone.
If you think the popularity of Fortnite is incredible, then obviously you can't have been around a couple of years ago when Pokemon Go took the world by storm. The free-to-play mobile game rolled back the years for those of us in our 20s and 30s and introduced the first 151 Pokemon to a whole new generation at the same time.
The best thing about the video game? It actually got people up and out of the house. We would go to parks and almost everybody there would be taking down gyms or placing lures on Pokestops. Well, the initial hype may have died down, but Pokemon Go is still very much around and riding that initial wave of popularity.
However, some of those who have remained loyal to Pokemon Go may have stumbled across something sinister. Users have been noticing that the game has been inexplicably not working, or locking them out altogether, and haven't been able to figure out why. NetRoller 3D was one of those players having issues and after doing a little tweaking he figured out why he wasn't able to play Pokemon Go any longer, and it's not okay.
They revealed via XFD's forum that once anything related to rooting was erased from the phone, so even files with "root" or "magisk" in their name, the app magically started working again. What that means is Niantic is accessing parts of your phone that it really shouldn't be. Scanning all of your personal data and shutting you out of Pokemon Go if it detects anything remotely related to cheating.
The revelation has since been posted on Reddit and unsurprisingly, it is not an isolated incident. Others have followed in NetRoller 3D's footsteps and have miraculously been allowed to continue their Pokemon Go quest. In some cases, people didn't even realize they had rooting files on their phone at all, and most definitely weren't using them in order to gain an unfair advantage in the game. In the current landscape where data protection is at the forefront of almost everybody's minds, it is not a good look for Niantic.