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Hospital system: Remove our locations from Pokemon Go app

July 29, 2016 GMT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Documents show a western Pennsylvania hospital system has asked the maker of the addictive cellphone game “Pokemon Go” to remove its facilities from the app out of safety, patient privacy and computer security concerns.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports (http://bit.ly/2a4OsJR ) an internal memo obtained Thursday shows the seven-hospital system Allegheny Health Network has demanded Niantic remove its locations from the app.

The health system also tells employees to report people taking unauthorized pictures.

The augmented reality app released in the U.S. earlier this month has led people to various places to collect digital monsters — including hospitals.

The note says the system’s locations are included as gym locations in the app because they’re technically public places.

Players sometimes meet at the gyms.

Niantic didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, http://pghtrib.com