South Korea raids Google over illegal mobile data collection

Police say location information was illegally obtained from mobile app subscribers

Police in South Korea said they had raided Google's Korea head office in Seoul on Tuesday on suspicion that the subsidiary of the search engine company had illegally collected location data from application subscribers.

"The raid isn't directly related to Google but to an app development company," said Seonghun Kim, detective inspector with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency's Cyber Terror Response Center.

The company that developed the app is a subsidiary of Google, and it illegally collected location information from subscribers who installed the app, he added, in an apparent reference to AdMob, the mobile advertising platform that Google acquired last year.

Cybercrime officers carried out the raid at Google Korea's head office to secure hard drives and computer data related to Google's AdMob platform, Yonhap News Agency in Seoul reported.

Google had no immediate comment on the raid.

The subsidiary allegedly collected personal data with a smartphone application, the police agency said in an emailed statement.

Police will give further details on the case only after it progresses, Kim said.

Google has already come under fire in South Korea twice this year.

In January, authorities found that Google had illegally collected personal data while gathering information for its Street View map service. Google's data collection for this service has also raised privacy concerns in some European countries.

Google came under fire again in South Korea last month after two local search engine operators, Daum and NHN, filed a claim with the country's Fair Trade Commission, alleging pressure on Android phone manufacturers to block rival search engines or applications.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags governmentregulationinternetGoogledata protectionAdMobInternet-based applications and services

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ralph Jennings

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?