Notifications and summaries of Ingress terms / policy changes

TerranceTerrance ✭✭✭

I'd like to request that revisions to Niantic's Terms of Service or Privacy Policy are published in advance of their effective date, with some form of user notification ahead of that date so that they've got the opportunity to review them -- this could be an email (in which case it may be preferable to make it opt-in), or just adding a skip button to the confirmation screen that becomes unavailable after a few days.

On more than one occasion, I've arrived at a non-local location ready to participate in an event, only to find the scanner requiring a policy change acceptance on the spot. I am to assume that, without any prior warning that a policy change is coming, they're published only shortly before bumping the scanner to require their acceptance.

I like to do a brief review of such changes before accepting them (a diff against the previous version can be quite enlightening -- pun not intended), particularly when sensitive data is involved, such as with Niantic's games that constantly capture the user's current location. Doing that from a mobile device, when you're itching to get started in-game after a long drive, is far from ideal.

A summary of the changes being made would also be welcome. For those playing along at home, here's some diffs of the full text for the last two privacy policy changes: (2021-10-27) (2022-05-24)

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