Jun Yang and Saeromi Shin
Aug 10, 2010
South Korean police raided Google Inc.’s Seoul office as part of an investigation into possible breaches of privacy laws resulting from the company’s collection of data for its Street View mapping service.
Law-enforcement officials confiscated materials from Google in a raid today and will ask the company to surrender all data that may have been collected illegally from late last year until May, the Korean National Police Agency said in a statement. Google said it will cooperate with the investigation.
The Korean authorities follow investigations in Europe and the U.S. over Google’s data collection. The probes began after the company said in May that it had mistakenly gathered wireless Internet data while photographing residential streets worldwide.
“We will cooperate with the investigation and answer any questions they have,” Google said in an e-mail.