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    National Cyber Security Centre under the Dutch ministry of the Security and Justice advises people to be restrained in sharing personal data, such as geolocation, on smartphones and tablets or on social media amid the popularity of the monster-hunting mobile game Pokemon Go.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Authorities in the Netherlands, responsible for cybersecurity, have recommended citizens and civil servants refrain from revealing sensitive information on social media platforms and gadgets amid the popularity of the monster-hunting mobile game Pokemon Go and concerns about geolocation sharing, a spokesman for the Security and Justice Ministry told Sputnik Wednesday.

    "For some time already, the NCSC [National Cyber Security Centre under the ministry] advises people to be restrained in sharing personal data, such as geolocation, on smartphones and tablets or on social media. And, of course, this advice also extends to civil servants," Edmond Messchaert said, commenting on the possibility of issuing a warning in the country against playing Pokemon Go as it requires users to disclose their location.

    Pokemon Go has become a worldwide hit since its launch two weeks ago and has already been blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe. Several countries have issued warnings that the game poses a security threat when played by military and intelligence staff.

    On Wednesday, Indonesia banned police and military personnel as well as staff of the presidential palace from playing Pokemon Go while on duty.

    Earlier this week, the US government issued a warning to military and intelligence personnel to play the mobile game carefully to avoid leaking sensitive geolocation data, while some Arab countries warned residents that the app's geolocation features may be used by criminals to target victims, adding that players of the game were vulnerable to hacker attacks.


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