Oliver Stone does not find the Pokemon Go phenomenon to be light-hearted fun, to say the least.
During a panel for his new movie “Snowden” in the first day of San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the director was asked about the app, and called it “a new level of invasion,” and said it could lead to totalitarianism.
“They are data mining every person in this room,” he said. “It’s what they call surveillance capitalism.”
He also commented that the app could help usher in “a robot society.”Stone is not the first to raise concerns about Pokemon Go and data collection. After the now wildly popular app gained traction, many pointed out that Pokemon Go requires access to a user’s entire Google account on iOS, including location data, email and browsing history.
Niantic, the developer behind Pokemon Go, said it “fixed the Google account scope” in a statement attached to the first patch to the game last week.