MCMC issues security guidelines for Pokemon Go


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued general security guidelines for the public concerning Pokemon Go, urging players to be constantly aware of their surroundings and the sensitivities of the local community.

In a statement issued here yesterday, MCMC said the decision to issue the guidelines was to prevent any undesirable incidents such as robberies, burglaries or injuries.

He said the guidelines were issued following concern expressed by certain parties and after unwanted incidences arising from people playing the game based on augmented reality which had swept through more than 70 countries in the world.

The MCMC said the move was also in line with the safety guidelines issued in other countries concerning the game.

The guidelines contained tips for players, including the importance of protecting personal information, respecting the sensitivities of places of worship, a reminder not to enter prohibited and dangerous premises, and the need to be cautious of strangers.

The guidelines also stressed on the need for players to be careful of online or offline scams.

This was because the use of applications to upload the Pokemon Go game could expose players to malware attacks.

“The MCMC wants to stress that the choice to play Pokemon Go is in their hands. However, every player must be aware of their surroundings,” the statement said.

Here are the 10 things outlined in the safety guidelines:

Protect your private information

The game requires you to register and share private information besides using the Global Positioning System (GPS). Consider if you are willing to expose your private information. Parents should be aware that their children’s data are taken when they play Pokemon Go.

Be careful of frauds online or offline

Be careful about false mobile applications and suspicious tools which are online and offered to you. This is because such applications can expose you to malware.

Monitor the amount of money you spend when making purchases through mobile applications – these may be very costly.

There are purchases which can be made through mobile applications with other incentives that can reach as high as USD99.99 or RM403.86 (14,500 shillingPoke).

Therefore, always be aware of what you spend.

Data connection

Pokemon Go will make use of GPS and data connection (WiFi or mobile data, either 3G or 4G) to get the latest information on the situation around you and this is likely to affect your mobile data quota.

Bring along extra battery for your phone

Pokemon Go will consume a lot of your phone’s battery. As such, bring along your battery charger or power source and be prepared to contact family members in case of an emergency.

Do not enter danger areas, protected areas or places of worship, respect the privacy of these areas

Do not wander or enter danger areas and prohibited areas or places of worship in order to catch Pokemon.

Beware of individuals who want to meet up with you

Do not play alone or agree to meet with strangers while playing the game.

Be careful when playing and do not ride a bicycle or motorcycle or drive a car while using your phone.

Be careful when using your phone and do not ride a bicycle, motorcycle, or drive a car while playing Pokemon Go or sending text messages to your friends and family members.

Any party with concerns on security and sensitivity issues regarding Pokemon Go should contact the party which developed the game at the following address:

Niantic Inc, 2 Bryant Street, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States of America.

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