South Korean police have now filed criminal charges against Google over the collection of personal information via unsecured wifi networks.
Google has been accused of collecting e-mails and other personal information from unsecured wireless networks while it took photos of neighborhoods in South Korea for its Street View mapping service between October 2009 and May 2010.
According to the AP story,
“South Korean police concluded after months of analysis of hard disks obtained from Google that the company’s activities broke South Korean laws protecting privacy of telecommunications and protecting information about locations, said Jung Suk-Hwa, a police officer in charge of the investigation.
He said prosecutors will decide whether to charge Google with violating the two South Korean laws, which stipulate fines up to $44,800 and $26,900 respectively. He didn’t give any specific time frame.”
Google again apologized for intruding, but it expressed disappointment over the police announcement.