Play It Safe Chasing Pikachus

By Tracy Schorn

July 25, 2016


The travails of those playing the augmented reality game Pokémon Go have been well documented in the last few weeks. In players' fervor to capture pixelated characters, people have stumbled off of cliffs, run into traffic, and, in one case even, found a floating corpse.

The game's massive popularity has given rise to many privacy and security concerns, with several IT professionals suggesting abstaining from the game altogether. For players in the legal profession, you might want to consider some of the security risks in particular if you're playing from a work-issued device or using work e-mail.

Pokémon Go has become such a phenomenon that recently the U.S. Department of Defense created a list of best practices, recognizing that government personnel could compromise their security while in thrall to the game. In this unclassified memo—reportedly shared by someone in government and posted by another person on Twitter—the DoD put together the following Pokémon dos and don'ts:

Pokemon Memo