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Jan062011

South Korean Police ‘Google Illegally Collected Private Data Over WiFi, May Arrest Execs’

South Korea has concluded that Google illegally collected personal data while collecting information for its Street View map service, an official at the country’s National Police Agency (NPA) said.

According to reports, the country’s national police agency has determined that Google acted illegally when it gathered personal data as part of its Street View mapping service. A police official says they’re interviewing Google officials in South Korea, but wouldn’t confirm if arrests are expected.

A cyber crime investigation unit at the NPA has been analyzing hard drives and related documents seized from a raid on Google’s Korean unit in August last year.

The police in South Korea plan to file criminal charges against company executives who allegedly ordered the infraction, but need more time to identify the people responsible, according to the news report.

The police have meanwhile summoned some 10 company officials, but they denied the charges, saying they were only carrying out orders from Google’s main office, Yonhap quoted investigators as saying.

Google didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment on this issue.

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