New York Bans Sex Offenders from Playing ‘Pokemon Go’

Pokemon GoNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says registered sex offenders should not be playing the augmented reality game “Pokemon Go.”

Morning Consult reports that Cuomo has ordered the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to prohibit sex offenders from using internet-enabled games. That ban would affect about 3,000 sex offenders who are paroled.

“Protecting New York’s children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don’t become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims,” Cuomo (D) said in a Monday statement. “These actions will provide safeguards for the players of these augmented reality games and help take one more tool away from those seeking to do harm to our children.”


Cuomo also sent a letter to Niantic Inc., the software company that produced the game, requesting its cooperation in keeping sex offenders from using the popular app. The letter to Chief Executive John Hanke requested Niantic’s help in implementing the ban.


“We need your assistance to make certain that sex offenders will not continue to use Pokémon Go by technologically barring their use,” Cuomo wrote.

Cuomo also told the state to provide Niantic, the company that makes the game, up-to-date information on sex-offenders in the state.