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Police raid Google Korea personal location data

By Song Sangho

Published : May 3, 2011 - 13:54

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Police raid Google Korea over personal location data

Police on Tuesday raided the office of Google Korea in southern Seoul over allegations that its subsidiary collected personal location data without consent.

Investigators from the cyber crime unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency searched the headquarters of Google Korea in Yeoksam-dong early in the morning and confiscated hard disks and other data as evidence, officials said.

“We have raided the office to verify the allegations that Google’s mobile advertisement platform, AdMop, collected personal location data,” said a SMPA official.

Last August, the police unit stormed the office of Google Korea to secure evidence for the charges that the conglomerate’s “Street View” mapping service gathered unsolicited private information from unencrypted wireless networks in violation of local communication laws. 

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