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Korean Police Raid Google’s Offices Over Street View

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In spite of the apologies Google’s issued and the corrective actions the company’s taken, Google’s Street View-related problems appear to be growing worse, not going away.  Earlier today, Korean authorities raided its local offices in connection with the case.

According to Choe Sang-Hun, the Korean National Police Agency explained in a statement, "We intend to find out what kinds of data they have collected and how much.  We will try to retrieve all the original data illegally collected and stored through domestic Wi-Fi networks from the Google headquarters."

Then the police indicated that individuals might be held responsible for the whole mess, adding, "We will investigate Google Korea officials and scrutinize the data we confiscated today . . ."

Obviously, this looks bad for Google.  Since the company’s said it will cooperate with everyone’s investigations, the fact that the police chose to raid its offices seems to indicate there’s a significant lack of trust.

GoogleThe one factor that might play in Google’s favor is the timing of this development.  Stories about its collection of sensitive WiFi data have been circulating for quite a while, after all, so the Korean National Police Agency could have acted sooner if the matter was considered a high priority.

And on that note, the KNPA didn’t provide any sort of timetable with regards to what will happen next, so it’s hard to guess how quickly the investigation will resolve itself from here.

Korean Police Raid Google’s Offices Over Street View
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  • Guest

    Good. The FBI should raid their US offices too. They need to be taught a lesson. They think they are above the law.

  • Guest

    I agree! It’s time the U.S. does something about this shit..

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    This is the small end of the wedge. if the authorities are allowed to stop google filming & taking pictures in the street then next will be the person photographing his girlfriend outside a public building.I hope google fights for the right to do so in public places, or even the freedom of the press will be compromised. The only wi-fi data that could be gathered is unencrypted or very low encryption this is not their fault but that or the ignorance of the user & the service provider for allowing it!

    • Guest

      Man, you are so off-base. You don’t even know what you are talking about and taking this to the extreme. Where is your logic? “if the authorities are allowed to stop google filming & taking pictures in the street then next will be the person photographing his girlfriend outside a public building.” You are comparing apples to oranges and nobody wants to stop google from filiming and taking pictures on the street! And also now you are blaming the rape victim for walking on the streets instead of the raper? The world doesn’t work the way you view it! There are laws for a reason you know… I think you are being the ignorant here.

  • Adsense Publisher

    If a law has been broken by what they are doing that’s one thing.
    If everything was done within their rights, then stop blaming Google for something they legally did.

    Now what they did in Korea was just ridiculous, but if it was done under the suspicion that Google might try and cover up a crime then can you blame the Korean government?

    Here in the United States search warrants would be issued, but it’s the same thing, warrant or no warrant, somebody had a reason to believe if a request was made that certain data would be omitted from what was given to them to determine if any laws had been broken by the collection of such data.

  • Guest

    Once the governments have access to this data, que the government scandals. And what if the governments make all of this sensitive data public; then the fun really starts!

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