No Pokemon Go for sex offenders in New York

New York: New York state authorities have banned registered sex offenders from downloading and playing the augmented reality game Pokemon Go citing concerns that paedophiles could use the app to find or lure victims. "Protecting New York's children is priority number one and, as technology evolves, we must ensure these advances don't become new avenues for dangerous predators to prey on new victims," Time magazine quoted New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as saying on Monday while announcing the ban. An investigation by state legislators found that some of the locations that pop up on the platform were located nearby registered sex offenders' homes. Of particular concern is the fact that users could purchase "lures" to attract gamers to their area, an option that paedophiles could seek to exploit, reports Time magazine. According to Cuomo, the ban aims to prevent nearly 3,000 Level 1, 2 and 3 offenders who are on parole from using the game.