Pokémon GO – a clarification

We recently posted a piece on our blog which some readers may have interpreted to suggest that Pokémon GO is not compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and so was not suitable for children under 13. We would like to make it clear that this was not our intention. The Pokémon Company International has informed us that the app’s child account creation process is fully COPPA compliant and it is certified by the Entertainment Software Rating Board for Kids’ Online Privacy Compliance. We have no reason to doubt this statement, and we commend Pokémon for taking kids data privacy seriously.

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