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Google Korea office raided by Police on suspicion of illicitly collecting personal information

08-11-2010 16:42 BJT

SEOUL, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Google's office in Seoul was raided by local police on Tuesday on suspicion of its illicitly collecting personal information in preparing the local version of its "Street View" mapping services, according to Seoul's National Police Agency (NPA).

Investigators from the Cyber Terro Center of the NPA searched the Google Korea's office in southern Seoul till 17:00 local time, and confiscated hard drives and related paper documents from the office, the NPA said.

The NPA said it believed the Google's local unit collected the personal information of portal users through the Wi-Fi networks while establishing its photo map service of Street View.

The agency will take a careful look into the computer data and other materials to verify whether the Google Korea has violated the country's Communications Privacy Law or the Information and Communications Network Law, it added.

The company officials will be summoned to further investigation after the NPA completes an analysis of the seized items, the NPA said.

In response, Google Korea admitted it has collected individual' s personal information, but made it clear that it was unintentional and the collected information has never been misused.

The global portal network has been providing Street View service, which allows users to view panoramic street scenes on its digital photomaps, in several countries such as the United States, Germany, Australia and Canada, and it has also been involved in similar charges in some countries.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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