Canadian woman sues Pokemon Go creator for invasion of privacy


VANCOUVER: A Canadian woman filed a class-action lawsuit against the creator of the popular video game Pokemon Go, saying she suffered from an invasion of privacy as the app designated her house a gym, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.

Against the California-based Niantic Inc, Barbra-Lyn Schaeffer living in the province of Alberta said on Wednesday that she and her husband “have been inundated by players at their home in the otherwise sleepy hamlet of Torrington, since the game was introduced”.

Game players gathered at her home 160km northeast of the city of Calgary since it became the site of a Pokemon gym, the lawsuit said.

Pokemon Go gyms are places where players congregate and battle it out to take control of the area for a selected team. Usually, gyms are designated to churches or public buildings.

Schaeffer said people tried to come up over the fence into the ground of her home, while some others even flew drones into the yard to play the game.

“We moved out here to enjoy the quietness, not to have people climb up over my fence,” she said.

The lawsuit was filed in Calgary and has not been certified by the courts.

The game, released in selected countries in July, is a location-based game that sends players to search, capture, battle and train virtual creatures called Pokemon in the real world.

Schaeffer said she sent a request to Niantic asking her home to be removed from the map, but only received a computer-generated response, saying the company would look into it.

The idea of filing a lawsuit was not about the money, Schaeffer said. “I just want to be left alone.”