Location tracking leads to raid on Google office in South Korea

Location tracking leads to raid on Google office in South Korea
South Korean police raided the Seoul office of Google on Tuesday, charging the company with collecting personal data without permission. Reuters reports that the police are investigating the Mountain View based firm's AdMob subsidiary, leading to the raid. A South Korean police officer said, "We suspect AdMob collected personal location information without consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission." For its part, Google said it would cooperate with the investigation.

The information gathered by AdMob is designed to help Google deliver personalized ads to handsets based on a person's location or preferences. According to Kim Kwang-jo, a computer science professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, "Every technology has a flip side. Location-based services benefit customers by helping them find nearby restaurants, gas stations and other places with their smartphones."

South Korean officials opened investigations of Google starting with the company's use of its "Street View" cars to collect private data. Last month, South Korean internet portals complained to anti-trust regulators that Google's position in the mobile search engine market was anti-competitive.

Besides Google, the office of local internet portal Daum Communications was also raided. Police said the raid also took place for the collection of personal data without consent. Daum responded by saying that the location data compiled by its mobile ad business was legal because the data was anonymous and could not be tracked down to any particular person.

source: Reuters via AppleInsider

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12 Comments

1. android_hitman unregistered

go korean police!

12. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

the politicians are the only one concerned in this matter. i dont hide anything from the law. maybe these corrupt politicians are afraid from the Navy SEALS.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I don't know if it's me, but the formation on the source is completely different compared to what you just wrote

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Information....

4. Apple Fanboy unregistered

LMAO "oh no, don't get a iPhone, they'll track the nearest towers to you and record it ON YOUR DAMN PHONE, for a whole year." ahhhh fandroids, suck it :)

5. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Umm it actually tracks several towers to pin point ur location and all android users ever said was that Apple should've never tried to cover it up. Steve Jobs even openly lied saying that Apple phones don't do that. Now they are coming out with a update to fix the "bug". Of course as others have said if it was a bug that would mean it was unintentional which Apple has also been caught saying the tracking was for a traveling program research. Android users just laughed at Apple because they couldn't get their story straight from the beginning, Google on the other hand openly has omitted for a long time now that they were tracking. Just like an Apple fanboy to go out and do something stupid without thinking it through and getting all the facts. Well then again I guess that's how you become a Apple customer in first place

7. Apple Fanboy unregistered

AHHHHHHHahahaha you're funny man, actually, that's just what PA released, did you personally hear the words come out of Jobs' mouth? If you read the article on that, what Apple actually said, was that they were tracking the locations, they admitted it, however, it was only supposed to log a week's worth of locations, not so much as a year worth of locations, that was the "bug," that it actually logged a whole years worth of data. Anyways, its not like Apple ever got their hands on that information, it's just stored on your phone, unlike Android, distributing info on web pages visited and apps downloaded to bring you those nice ads. :)

11. pyckvi

Posts: 48; Member since: Dec 19, 2010

FYI ADMob is what got all this information on the user and correct me if im wrong but i believe ADMob is in most IOS APPS too?

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*Rolls eyes* yep, that's how you serve justice. Someone got bribed.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

its not the first time that country as done something against Google

9. gaby1451

Posts: 119; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Leave it to the Koreans to do what Americans won't. They take swift action when they know they're being tracked. lol

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yes, and yet you don't see them raiding Apple stores.

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