Pokemon Go Banned In Iran

August 8, 2016


On August 5, 2016, it was reported that the Iranian High Council of Virtual Spaces has banned the use of the Pokemon Go app due to unspecified security concerns. Iranians have thus far managed to circumvent strict internet restrictions and play the game using virtual private networks (VPNs). Iran said that if the creators of Pokemon Go wanted to enter the Iranian market, they would have to comply with two conditions:

1) Pokemon Go’s data servers must be based in Iran; and

2) Any tagged locations within the Pokemon Go app would need to be coordinated with NCFG to avoid including any locations of national security concern.

Iran is not the first country to raise concerns around the game; late last month, some Middle Eastern countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, warned its citizens of the security risks of playing Pokemon Go.

Source: thehackernews.com, August 5, 2016