South Korean Police authorities just raided the office of Google Korea. This is in line with the government’s investigation suspecting that the search giant had illegally collected and stored personal wireless data.
Google has dispatched Street View cars equipped with cameras around the city of Seoul to capture pictures of the neighborhood. This photographs would then be used for Street View, the company’s program which allows its users to have a panoramic street scenes on Google Maps and take a virtual walk through cities.
According to the Cyber Terror Response Center of the Korean National Police Agency, these Street View Cars may have illegally captured and stored personal data from wireless networks while they were mapping streets.
The program is set to be launched later this year in the country. However, authorities said that it will investigate Google Korea officials and scrutinize the data that had confiscated and see whether the company has violated the country’s laws on communications and privacy.
“We intend to find out what kinds of data they have collected and how much. We will try to retrieve all the original data illegally collected and stored through domestic Wi-Fi networks from the Google headquarters”, the authorities added.
Google however didn’t release any comment about this issue yet. They were having a hard time penetrating the internet world in South Korea because it has been dominated by its own search engine. One which is Daum which has also a similar program like Street View.
Google assured that this feature will be available for the country’s 20 biggest cities and people can ask to have the photo of their house removed from the database starting next week — a move aimed at dispelling privacy fears as what has been posted in New York Times.
It has been added as well that faces and licenses plates will be blurred.