South Korea has targeted Google for allegedly collecting and storing data against local laws. Specifically, Google is targeting the AdMob division, which handles ads on mobile platforms. Police apparently raided Google’s Korean offices in Seoul.
Earlier in the day today, the Korean National Police Agency (KNPA) raided Google’s offices in Seoul, “on allegations on its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent.” To collect personal information, Google must first receive consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission.
Officials in Seoul investigated Google in January, concluding Google’s Street View cars had also illegally obtained information about WiFi networks and other personal data from over 600,000 South Korean wireless users and criminal charges were filed. Reuters reports that Google has confirmed KNPA came to their offices in Seoul and that Google is cooperating with the investigation. No other details are available at this time.
Google’s competitors in South Korea have recently filed complaints with the South Korean Fair Trade Commission, alleging anticompetitive practices.
More recently, antitrust claims were filed against Google by NHN Corp. and Daum.
Reportedly 70 percent of Korean smartphones are running Android.