03 May '11, 9am

South Korea police raid Google over data collection

SEOUL: South Korean police on Tuesday raided Google's local office to investigate whether the global search company used its mobile phone advertising platform to illegally collect private location data. Investigators were sent to Google's Seoul office to secure evidence related to its "AdMob" platform, the head of the police cyber crime unit, Chang Byung-Duk, told AFP. The raid followed allegations that Google's mobile advertising agency, AdMob, had illegally collected data on individuals' locations via smartphone applications, he said. Investigators also raided the head office of local portal site Daum on suspicions that its advertising platform was used to collect location data, he said. "During today's raid, we failed to secure evidence because a related server is located in the United States. Instead, Google officials promised to cooperate and provide information later...

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