Israeli military bans soldiers from playing Pokémon Go

2016-08-01 20:15
A mobile phone user plays Pokémon Go. (Amr Nabil/AP Photo)

A mobile phone user plays Pokémon Go. (Amr Nabil/AP Photo)

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Jerusalem – The Israeli military says it is banning soldiers from playing popular mobile phone game Pokémon Go on Israeli military bases, due to security concerns.

The military said on Monday that it has instructed soldiers and officers that the game activates cellphone cameras and location services, and could leak sensitive information like army base locations and photographs of the bases.

The military is also concerned soldiers could download a fake application that impersonates Pokémon Go that could leak information from soldiers' phones.

Israel's emergency rescue service Magen David Adom has also issued a warning about Pokémon Go, saying Israelis have suffered moderate injuries while playing the game.

Players roam through the physical world while holding up their phones and searching for critters that appear on the screen, taking their attention away from their immediate surroundings.

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