Harry Potter: Wizards Unite tracked users' locations even when they weren't using the app

CNET | 10/16/2019 | Alison DeNisco Rayome
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The company behind Harry Potter: Wizards Unite previously collected user location data when the game was not being played, according to a Kotaku investigation.

Niantic, creator of the Pokemon Go and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite mobile AR games, collects extensive amounts of user location data, and recently did so even when users weren't actually playing the games, according to an extensive investigation published by Kotaku on Wednesday.

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Kotaku analyzed more than 25,000 location records shared by 10 Niantic game players. Niantic kept an average of three location records per minute of gameplay on Wizards Unite, according to Kotaku, far more than it did for Pokemon Go. One of those players had at least one location record taken by Niantic during almost every hour of the day, suggesting that the game was collecting data and sharing it with the company even when the app was not in use but open in the background.

Niantic told Kotaku that this data collection was due to a...
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