After a study reported by the New York Times revealed that 59 of 100 homes where sex offenders live in New York were within half of block from where Pokemon Go users could use several of the game’s features, it appears as if New York Governor wants to take extra precautions and ban sex offenders that are out on parole from using the popular gaming app.
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Monday (August 1) saying, “Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims.” He went on to say that, “These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”
Taking the extra step to prove just how serious he is, the governor also wrote a letter to Niacom’s CEO, John Hanke, asking that the game’s creator take the necessary steps to prevent sex offenders from using the app. He wrote, “The State has taken action to prohibit sex offenders from using this game, but we need your assistance to make certain that sex offenders will not continue to use Pokemon GO by technologically barring their use. Working together, we can ensure that this danger today does not escalate into a tragedy tomorrow.”