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Google’s Seoul Office Raided by Korean FTC Probing Unfair Practices Regarding Android Search

The Korean Fair Trade Commission, raided Google’s offices in Seoul on September 6. According to CNet report the regulators were apparently interested in information about Google’s Android platform unfairly made it hard for rival search engines to be found and used within the Android mobile operating system.

In April, two Korean Internet companies–NHN, which operates the popular Naver search engine there, and Daum Comminications–asked the country’s FTC to investigate Google’s business practices regarding mobile search.

Google in a statement issued to CNet defended its Android strategy and said that it intends to comply with Korean regulators:

“We will work with the KFTC to address any questions they may have about our business,” the company said in a statement. “Android is an open platform, and carrier and OEM partners are free to decide which applications and services to include on their Android phones. We do not require carriers or manufacturers to include Google Search or Google applications on Android-powered devices.”

Back in May this year, Google’s Seoul office was also the target of a raid by Korean police, when South Korean police investigated suspicions that AdMob, had illegally collected personal location data without permission.

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