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Canadian Class Action Filed Against Pokemon Go
August 11 2016 - by Lucy Campbell
Calgary, Alberta: A Canadian Pokemon Go class action lawsuit has been filed against California-based Niantic Inc., the creator of Pokemon Go, on behalf of Barbra-Lyn Schaeffer who lives in Torrington, AB. According to the lawsuit, she is suffering as a result of an invasion of privacy, resulting from the game.
Schaeffer asserts that both herself and her husband have been inundated by Pokemon Go players at their home 160 kilometres northeast of Calgary ever since it became the site of a Pokemon gym. Schaeffer states that people are trying to crawl over the fence and enter their property, and not respecting their privacy.
The game, which sends players into the real world to search for digital monstors called Pokemon, uses digital beacons called Pokestops and Pokegyms. Schaeffer claims there are several such Pokestops and Pokegyms in Torrington, which has a population 179.
Schaeffer told the Globe and Mail, she sent a request to Niantic asking her home be removed and only received a computer-generated response saying the company would look into it.
The lawsuit, which remains to be certified, was filed in Calgary. Schaeffer and her husband and others similarly situated, are represented by Clint Docken of Docken & Company.
I also live right by a Pokemon gym. The alley that goes behind the house leads you right to the Pokemon gym. There are always people in the alley. They just all hang around closest to the poke stops going back and forth. I definitely feel my privacy is being invaded as they are always going through my yard and could easily see in my house.
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