One common cheat that Niantic has struggled to control since release is GPS spoofing in Pokemon GO. Tracking the apps on a player’s phone would easily allow the company to detect which players were using an app to convince Niantic’s servers that they were in a different physical location in order to catch a wider array of Pokemon. However, some fans are worried that Niantic may also crack down on users who are only using helpful side apps that don’t affect the game itself, like IV calculators.
Although players may not feel comfortable with the knowledge that Niantic can track what apps are being used on players’ phones, it seems unlikely that the company is doing it to sell users’ data for profit. Considering that Niantic made $950 million in revenue from Pokemon GO in 2016 alone, the company is doing extremely well financially. If word were to get out that players’ data was being sold, it would probably end up being costly for the company due to the inevitable backlash and declining playerbase it would experience as a result.
Pokemon GO is out now for Android and iOS devices.
Source: The Silph Road