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‘Pokémon Go’ poses threat to national security: TNI

  • Margareth S. Aritonang, Haeril Halim, Arya Dipa and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 20 2016   /  09:20 am
Going gaga: People play Pokémon Go in Jakarta on Monday. The game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesians despite the application not being officially available in Indonesia. (JP/Donny Fernando)(JP/Donny Fernando)

Going gaga: People play Pokémon Go in Jakarta on Monday. The game has sparked a frenzy among Indonesians despite the application not being officially available in Indonesia. (JP/Donny Fernando)While people indulge in the joy of chasing Pokémon monsters, authorities have restricted the hunt amid security concerns.

The Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters in Jakarta has banned its members from playing the wildly popular augmented-reality game while on duty, arguing that the use of GPS on smartphones enables the viewing of restricted military facilities.

The TNI became cautious after it found out that the app provider could intentionally spread Pokémon monsters around restricted areas to encourage hunters to enter the areas.

Once players got in with GPS and a camera on their cell phones, they could record activities in restricted areas and post them online, where ...