Pokemon GO is definitely an augmented reality game that embeds virtual creatures in the physical space. Therefore, virtual and physical space co-exist as the virtual creatures Pokemon can appear anywhere, even in the garden of one’s neighbour. The target of the game is to locate and catch them.
The intersection of virtual and physical space urged legal professionals to start taking into consideration the impact of augmented reality games on privacy, data protection, road accidents, personal injury claims and trespassing.
Privacy and Data Protection:
Personal information protection and privacy are among the primary legal implications that must be taken into account as information regarding locations is gathered, shared and stored. Personal information protection influences professional and social life, as well as, the private life of citizens.
In Cyprus,’The Processing of Personal Data (Protection of Individual) Law of 2001′(138(I)2001) regulates the collection, the method and the use of personal data.
Road Accidents and Personal Injury:
Considering the fact that Pokemon can appear anywhere, the number of road accidents and personal injuries claims increases. Pokemon GO players are very involved with chasing Pokemon, consequently, they are less careful and tend to be more negligent. Personal injury caused by negligence or irresponsibility of one other party could be compensated adequately only when the victim seeks professional legal assistance immediately. That’s to express, in the event you have already been injured while someone was chasing Pokemon, then we recommend one to consult an individual injury lawyer in order that to receive the compensation you deserve. An individual injury will review your case and provide you the perfect representation.
As it has been explained, the goal of the game is to locate and catch Pokemon in the real world. Consequently, players enter private properties, usually without the authorisation, to find Pokemon and catch them. Therefore, trespass is another major legal implication that really needs to be considered. Besides entering private properties without the authorisation, in some cases, Pokemon GO players could cause damage while they are chasing Pokemon.
Predicated on article 43 of the Civil Wrongs Law (Cap. 148),”trespass to immovable property includes unlawful entry upon, or any unlawful damage to, or interference with, any such property by any person “.Quite simply, entering private property without permission and/or causing unlawful damage to any private property. Consequently, Pokemon Go players abide by the Law since playing Pokemon Go doesn’t include any right to access a personal property without prior authorization.