New York state to ban registered sex offenders from playing Pokemon Go while on parole.
According to the BBC, New York governor Andrew Cuomo has reached out for Niantic for help enforcing the ban on Pokemon Go, possibly by cross-referencing with the sex offender registry maintained by the state.
The ban will affect roughly 3,000 people, and will join requirements such as providing home address and online account names to authorities when leaving state prison, which in my opinion is better for the safety of our trainers out there in New York and hopefully more states decide to jump in on this!
“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one,” Cuomo said of the move, describing Pokemon Go as a potential ‘new avenue for dangerous predators’.
Senator Jeff Klein has also suggested Niantic be required to ensure there are no Pokestops, Pokemon or any other Pokemon Go hotspots within 30m of a registered sex offenders home address.
Pokemon Go’s terms of service require users be 13 and up, which allows sex offenders to use lures in order to lure young Poke trainers to stops. If they allow this ban to take place our younger trainers will have a edge off their shoulders while playing with their friends!