Due to data flukes, private homes are being besieged by the game’s players.
Without giving his consent or having any forewarning, Sheridan’s property had become a virtual neighborhood landmark. … Sheridan is not the only person who awoke one morning to find his home had been transformed into an enormous Poké-gym. … His property has effectively been augmented by a digital beacon—a distinction that sends about 75 strangers to his front yard everyday. For him, Pokémon Go’s use of geo-data seems like a standard example of an easy engineering fix having massively unintended consequences.
“What Niantic did is they collected a lot of data and then they radically shifted the context in which that data was used,” he said. “I’m not sure I can say whether it’s right or wrong, but it makes me feel really squishy. All these people—there’s the potential for some of these locations to be flooded with strangers overnight.”