South Korean police raid Google's Seoul office

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Seoul, May 3: Amidst recent controversy over user location tracking by Google Android's and Apple iPhones, the South Korean police raided Google's office in Seoul for allegedly collecting user's personal information without their consent.

Korean police raided Google's Seoul office on Tuesday, May 2, alleging illegal data collection by Google's AdMob advertising arm. Officials said that the raid was done by investigators from the cyber crime unit of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency.

Korean media reported that officials seized hard disks and other data from Google's office. An official said, "We have raided the office to verify the allegations that Google"s mobile advertisement platform, AdMop, collected personal location data."

Earlier in Aug 2010, Korean National Police Agency raided Google's office and seized hard drives and other documents related to data collected using its Street View Cars.

The news on South Korean raid broke out days after a US Senate asked Android maker Google and iPad maker Apple to appear before the court on May 10 to clarify the allegations on user location tracking using Android devices and iPhones.

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