By: Press Association, The Guardian |
Film director Oliver Stone has branded the popular gaming app Pokémon Go a “new level of invasion” of privacy that could lead to “totalitarianism”.
The American reportedly voiced concerns over the game as he promoted his new movie about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at Comic-Con International.
After he was asked about security concerns associated with Pokémon Go, Stone said companies were carrying out “surveillance capitalism” by monitoring people’s behaviour.
According to Time magazine, he told the Comic-Con audience in San Diego: “It’s not funny. What’s happening is a new level of invasion.
“It’s what some people call surveillance capitalism.”
He added: “You’ll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society. It’s what they call totalitarianism.”
Pokémon Go, which is free to download, has faced criticism over claims it could access a player’s entire Google account, including email and passwords.
The app’s makers, Niantic, insisted the move was unintentional and reassured users it was not collecting any exceptional data…