What is Pokémon Go Doing to Your Business?
Whether we like or not, we have all seen how big of a sensation Pokémon Go has become. With the game grossing 1.6 Million per day, the game some thought of as a quick trend, is definitely here to stay. There are some serious benefits like helping small businesses increase profits and getting kids outside during the summer. On the other hand there are some serious issues surmounting like the increase of accidents in public spaces due to people going to great lengths to catch them all!
One major issue I have been hearing about in relation to Pokémon Go is the serious security concerns around hackers and criminals accessing the extensive personal information of each player. When a person downloads the app and accepts the terms and conditions, the app has the ability to access the phone’s GPS, camera, contacts, and potentially full access to Gmail. This information is owned by the game creator Niantic, which was formerly owned by Google, and Niantic has the right to whatever they please with it. That could mean “selling the information to businesses, handing the information over to law enforcement, or storing it in foreign countries with lax privacy legislation” according to an article by The Daily Beast.
All of this reporting brings up the bigger point of cyber security, especially when it comes to your business. While the issue of security may seem like an IT issue, it can easily fall on the shoulders of HR Departments.
Because this issue is becoming more important to understand, here is my quick guide to Cyber Security for HR: