How are Pokestop and Poke Gym locations determined?
I've been playing Pokemon Go lately and after seeing a FB post from someone concerned that players are helping foreign governments by letting them see their location of pokestops and gyms on military bases, this got me wondering about how these locations are determined.
Niantic is a partner with Google. Niantic's other game Ingress allowed users to submit locations for the game. The criteria was basically it had to be a historical landmark, art, a library, a place of worship or a couple other things. This translated into pokestops and gyms for Pokemon Go. Though they have added some locations and removed some others to allow small communities the chance to play the game.
Pokestops and Gyms are only allowed on public property.