Google Under Fire in S. Korea For Alleged Wiretaps, Illegal Data Collection

Officials for Google confirmed the latest crackdown: "We will cooperate with the investigation and answer any questions they have," the company said in a statement.

The Korean National Police said in a statement that they have launched an investigation into unauthorized data collection and illegal wiretapping by Google.

Google officials in London confirmed the raid. “We will cooperate with the investigation and answer any questions they have,” the company said in a statement.

The investigation comes as Google has resumed collecting Street View imagery in several countries after facing queries from regulators in others over the program.

Following a request for an audit by German data protection authorities in Hamburg, Google admitted in May that it had collected information such as SSID (Service Set Identifier) and MAC (Media Access Control) addresses from unencrypted Wi-Fi routers.

The admission started a spate of inquiries into the program in other countries including France, Italy, the U.K., the U.S. and Spain. The investigation in Germany is continuing.


Via ComputerWorld

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