The hype surrounding Pokémon Go still hasn't fizzled, even after reports of security issues with the game spread across the web. Luckily, the early bugs have already been patched. But now it seems there's another problem.
The latest reports have revealed a much more serious issue that's hiding within the game's terms and conditions from game developer, Niantic. As it turns out, if you clicked the "I accept" tab, then you agreed to much more than you probably thought you were bargaining for.
Look closely at the fine print and you'll find the following clause: "Arbitration notice: Except if you opt out and except for certain types of disputes described in the "Agreement to Arbitrate" section below, you agree that disputes between you and Niantic will be resolved by binding, individual arbitration, and you are waiving your right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action or representative proceeding."
According to the terms and conditions statement, users have up to 30 days to opt-out of the legal rights waiver. However, it's certainly not as simple as it is to click that "I accept" box. In order to opt out, users must send an email or mail an actual letter.
Failing to opt-out of the legal rights waiver means that you could be left fending for yourself should you ever need to take legal action against the game's developers. Considering all of the recent Pokémon Go-related postings that have recently popped up on Craigslist, as well as the instances where the game has led players into risky areas, your legal rights aren't something you really want to wave.
To opt-out of this legal rights waiver send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail a letter to 2 Bryant St., Ste. 220, San Francisco, CA 94105.