"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.
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.