Well, it was probably going to happen eventually. New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s officially called for a selective ban on Pokemon GO, targeting registered sex offenders in the state. As announced in a formal statement:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to restrict sex offenders under community supervision from using Pokémon GO and similar games. In an effort to safeguard New York’s children, the Governor also sent a letter to software developer Niantic, Inc. requesting their assistance in prohibiting dangerous sexual predators from playing Pokémon GO.
The concerns stem from the fact that Pokestops, Gyms, and spawn locations have been discovered to exist in close proximity to registered sex offenders – and that the purchase of a cheap Lure Module for a Pokestop can easily attract younger players to potentially dangerous areas.
Given the above, there’s a pretty obvious problem with Cuomo’s intent: Pokestops and Gyms are all geotagged in relation to public objects – like free-standing art sculptures, museums, libraries, restaurants, and other already highly trafficked areas. While Niantic Labs’ tag curation could certainly be improved (halfway houses and graveyards aren’t the most kid-friendly places), not having the game certainly won’t keep registered offenders from accessing the game’s real-world locations, or being aware of their relation to the game.