GOOGLE CRIMINALLY CHARGED FOR ILLEGALLY COLLECTING PRIVATE INFORMATION
By Jim Kouri, CPP
January 15, 2011
South Korean cops filed charges against Google Inc. for allegedly collecting information on private citizen thereby breaking Internet privacy laws South Korea, according to a press statement released by the Seoul Police Department.
Google’s Seoul office had been raided by police in August 2010 on suspicion of illegally collecting personal information in preparing the local version of its “Street View” mapping services.
According to the police officials, Google used vehicles equipped with special video recorders for taping streets and landscapes throughout South Korea between October 2009 and May 2010. Police suspected that these video recorders and other equipment gathered private data about Korean citizens.