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Pokemon GO, an online mobile phone-based gaming application, can be a cause of concern for others in society, according to the Indonesia Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu. 

All media, including augmented reality game Pokemon, are susceptible to being used as surveillance tools since they can detect intelligence information without the awareness of the gamers, the minister said on Monday.

"We have to be very careful. [Secretive information] can be leaked through any form of media and channel, including this Pokemon Go game," Ryamizard said on Monday.

Pokemon GO is played using a mobile phone camera in "real time" or directly, making the players vying for the Pokemon animated figure to look for it in all directions in the real world, while the background screen shows their actual surroundings.

According to a growing discourse, while playing, users hunting for Pokemon at vital locations of a country can unknowingly capture information on these places in the form of images and videos as the background of the game that can be misused by foreign intelligence services.

Last week, a statement from the Military Intelligence Division (BAIS) Cyber Taskforce circulated among the media, saying that people should not pay Pokemon Go in strategic locations, especially within military bases, to avoid intelligence information being leaked.

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