View Full Version : SKorea confirms suspicions that Google illegally collected personal information

Lin Lin
Jan 6th, 2011, 09:56 AM
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South Korea's national police said Thursday it has confirmed suspicions that the world's largest Internet search engine, Google Inc., illegally collected personal information in the process of providing its map service. A cyber crime investigation unit at the National Police Agency (NPA) has been analyzing hard drives and related documents seized in a raid on the company's Korean unit, Google Korea, last August. Investigators said they confirmed the global firm has harvested and stored personal data in making Street View, a Google map service that features a panoramic view of streets. Police have summoned some 10 company officials, but they denied the charges, saying they were only carrying out orders from Google's main office. Google is under investigation in more than 16 countries on the same suspicions of illegal data collection.

Jan 6th, 2011, 11:45 AM
It's not news. The vehicles taking shots of streets for street view were able to harvest personal info by connecting to people's unprotected wireless connections.