Google and Daum Offices Raided For Privacy Violations

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Democracy Now! reports that Google and Daum offices were raided in South Korea.

Police in South Korea have raided the offices of Google Korea and Daum Communications following allegations the companies collected information on the location of smartphone users for advertisement purposes without their permission. Google is also under investigation by South Korean authorities for allegedly collecting emails from unsecured wireless networks while photographing neighborhoods for its mapping service. The raid comes at a time when Apple and Google are facing scrutiny around the world for their practices of tracking the location of smartphone users.

Democracy Now! reports that Google and Daum offices were raided in South Korea.

Police in South Korea have raided the offices of Google Korea and Daum Communications following allegations the companies collected information on the location of smartphone users for advertisement purposes without their permission. Google is also under investigation by South Korean authorities for allegedly collecting emails from unsecured wireless networks while photographing neighborhoods for its mapping service. The raid comes at a time when Apple and Google are facing scrutiny around the world for their practices of tracking the location of smartphone users.

In other reports, South Korea’s paternalistic attitude towards civil liberties is prominent.

A South Korean police spokesman explained to BBC News, “We suspect AdMob collected personal location information without consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission.”

Kim Kwang-jo, a computer science professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology explained to Reuters: “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.”

“But it could potentially violate consumer privacy. There are loopholes in location-based services, and companies should get consent from customers to collect location data.”

Google objects to these allegations, which have been issued in other countries as well.

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