Organize contacts Emirates Authority warns of the game Pokemon Joe

Jul

18

2016

General Authority for regulating the telecommunications sector in the United Arab Emirates warned smartphone users and devices in the state, the use of criminal elements electronic games based on location sharing like the game Pokemon Joe Pokemon Go to breach the privacy of users, or their internship in remote locations to attack them, and robbed their property.

The Commission noted that some of these games are using augmented reality technology that relies on adding virtual data on the true reality that appears on the smart device to the user, and the user can only be seen through the smart device.

Thus augmented reality becomes a combination of the real scene, which is seen as the user, and it was added to a virtual elements in order to show the true picture enhanced with additional information. Today and use augmented reality in various fields including gaming entertainment technology, engineering, health, and education.

The Commission explained that augmented reality games dependence on technology geolocation like the game Pokemon atmosphere as well as a mobile phone camera, contributes to the violation of user privacy, as well as the deployment of criminals malicious software posing applications and games real names before publication in the official application stores, able to damage the system operating in smart devices, or to spy on their owners, calling for fans of those games to wait for the official launch of applications across the stores.

The engineer said Mohammed Al Zarouni, director of policy and program management in the body: “Some of the augmented reality applications rely on identifying user location technology, in addition to a mobile phone camera, making the user open to interns privacy, calling for caution from the use of these applications in sensitive places own to maintain privacy. ”

Zarouni pointed out that augmented reality games may be entertaining, and useful at the same time, if used properly, and may help to move and explore new places.

For his part, Adel Al Muhairi, the national team manager, said the response to the Computer Emergency of the body: “The integration in these games fully may lead the user into uncharted areas, being stalked by some outlaws, as well as the possibility of causing painful incidents if exercised by some while driving or walking, stressing that the augmented reality technology contains many useful features, but used in the wrong way and exploited by some may backfire. ”

Muhairi called on parents to participate in their children’s games and modern technology to identify them, to be able to assess the risks, as well as get away from the camera operation in homes, and proper age estimation for each game.

It is worth mentioning that some augmented reality games such as Pokemon game Joe has not yet reached the official application stores in the United Arab Emirates, and that the General Authority for regulating the telecommunications sector is currently studying the dependency and the impact of all the risks of exploitation for these games and applications on society.

This is monitored foreign media several cases of armed assault and robbery through games that rely on the participation of the geographical location, where used four teenagers one of the games and the way to attract players to remote locations and robbed at gunpoint, as well as many of the crimes and other incidents.

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