South Korean Cops Raid Google Offices

Police investigating claims of location data storage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2011 10:59 AM CDT
An employee of Google Korea is reflected on the glass door as she walks at its office in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/ Choi Jae-gu, Yonhap)

(Newser) – South Korean police raided Google’s Seoul office today based on suspicions that its AdMob mobile advertising unit had “collected personal location information without consent or approval from the Korean Communication Commission,” a police official tells Reuters. Google confirmed the raid, and said it was cooperating with police. Neither would elaborate on the suspicions, though Google executives have said in the past that they hoped to use location data from users' phones to target advertisements to said users.

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