Google Inc's Seoul office was raided by the South Korean police on Tuesday, with an aim to check if the giant search engine broke any local laws by gathering user data for kicking off its ‘Street View’ service in the nation. This investigation of Google’s office was confirmed by the Korean National Police Agency.
The Agency said, “[The police] have been investigating Google Korea LLC on suspicion of unauthorized collection and storage of data on unspecified Internet users from Wi-Fi networks”.
This investigation began only when it was confirmed that the Company seized the data along with the unlawful private communication data, assembled by its special data-collecting tools, which were kept open by Google.
It has almost been a year that Google has been making efforts to initiate its ‘Street View’ service in South Korea, and this launch of its fleet is closely associated with the data collection.
Google is already facing numerous charges by 37 U. S. states, informal investigations by the U. S. Federal Trade Commission, various probes out of the country, and class action lawsuits, with all the investigations circled around its ‘Street View’. But, this probe in Asia’s highly wired nation came as a big setback to Google. Yet, Google ensured co-operation with the investigation process and answered all the queries of the agency.